Powered by Nature

How do you turn wind and sun into energy? Here children explore the concepts behind renewable energy using the wind and sun.

Underwritten by Allstate, with additional support from ComEd, an Exelon Company; HSBC – North America; the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation; the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; and the Public Museum Capital Grants Program, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum


  • Push buttons to create wind that spins turbines and creates power
  • Build a neighborhood using solar panel homes and make them light up
  • Discover how to use solar power to melt popsicles or power toy helicopters
  • Test different sails to see which move a boat the furthest and the fastest
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Energy Around Us

Sensational Senses

This exhibit is aligned with Illinois State Learning Standards

Educational Benefits

  • Describe the effects of forces in nature
  • Make predictions about what will happen next
  • Utilize wind energy to generate movement of wind turbines

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