Pittsburgh has been chosen as North America's host city for World Environment Day on Sat., June 5, and Carnegie Science Center's celebration, sponsored by PennFuture, will feature environmentally themed films and activities that will teach visitors about climate change, sustainability, recycling, and solar power.
Visitors will have the chance to go on a riveting quest to save the environment with Captain Green's Time Machine, a Science on the Road program developed in partnership with PPG Industries. Filled with interactive visuals and audience participation, this show has traveled to dozens of schools during the 2009–2010 year. The program also features accompanying adventure stations that cover the concepts of composting, ecology, solar power, and more—hands-on activities that enrich the educational concepts and provide more interactive fun and learning.
At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, PennFuture will announce the winners of its Water Savers Competition. For the past two months, local organizations have been competing to report the most impact based on taking "green steps" as part of a campaign launched last year called "The Black and Gold City Goes Green."
"It is an honor for our city to have been chosen as the North American host city for World Environment Day, and as the voice of science in our region the Science Center will showcase some of its greenest and greatest educational programming," says Linda Ortenzo, director of the Regional SciTech Initiative. "Pittsburgh is becoming known as a hub for green technology, and we have an opportunity to show the general public the value of green education and science in a hands-on, minds-on environment."
Throughout the weekend, environmentally themed films will be playing in the Rangos Omnimax Theater. Hurricane on the Bayou, Grand Canyon: River at Risk, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes will provide immersive experiences and take visitors into the heart of some of the most interesting places on Earth, as well as offer a new perspective on environmental issues as it relates to life.
Other activities on Saturday include the chance for visitors to tour the docked RiverQuest boat free of charge, sponsored by LANXESS, and to watch the world's largest flotilla of kayaks and canoes from 1–2 p.m. as Venture Outdoors attempts to land in the Guinness Book of World Records by shattering the current record of 1,104 kayaks and canoes.