Aspiring botanists to get hands-on experience

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The traveling exhibit gallery inside Science Central looks more like a storage area than an exhibit gallery, with boxes piled along the walls and pieces and parts of in-progress display areas strewn about.

But come Friday, the 3,000-square-foot gallery in the rear of the building will contain hands-on exhibits to teach patrons about plants, agriculture, botany and genetics, Executive Director Martin Fisher told The Journal Gazette (http://bit.ly/13D2oi4 ).

The award-winning exhibit, called "Genomics eXplorer," was developed by Purdue University with funding from the National Science Foundation and the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Fisher said the exhibit gives Science Central an opportunity to expand its target audience because "Genomics eXplorer" targets an older age group than other exhibits that call Science Central home. He said middle school students to adults would enjoy what the exhibit has to offer.

"We want parents to come in and learn as well, and not just the child they're accompanying," Fisher said. It is the science center's first botany exhibit, he said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Friday, but the exhibit will be open for visitors when setup is complete this week.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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