In 2011, the Kansas Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) of the National Science Foundation reached out to Flint Hills Design and Kauffman Museum to create a traveling exhibit that examined the groundbreaking work scientists across Kansas’ major universities were doing in climate research.
The result is Climate & Energy Central: Doing Science in Kansas. With its first stop at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas, the traveling exhibit looks at the work of climate scientists at the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University, among others. The exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to explore key questions about climate and energy: What is viable energy use? What is sustainable energy use? Do human energy-use activities lead to climate change? And if so, what are we to do? These pressing questions are posed in a flexible exhibit space that includes engaging infographics and interactives.