Your first stop inside INFINITY Science Center! Step lightly through the Carnivorous Plants Conservatory to learn about the more than 200 species of carnivorous plants that give dining a whole new shape. (Enter at your own risk – if you’re an insect!) Engineers 12 & under can create and build their own inventions in our Engineering Workshop.
The first floor Earth Gallery, INFINITY's largest in square feet, features the Inundation Station, The Sandbox, Environmental Monitoring Stations, and the Hurricane Prediction Lab, where you can learn about key conditions that influence hurricanes, their importance in forecasting, and how data is collected and used in severe weather prediction. Embark on a deep ocean excursion as you travel down through the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, observing a variety of sea life along the way in the Deep Ocean Explorer. Go back in time with Swamps to Space as it tells of NASA/Stennis Space Center's humble beginnings, the sacrifices and contributions of the Hancock County residents to make the center a reality, and Stennis' critical role in the Apollo Program.
Situated on the second floor, these exhibits are all about scale. Guests can view a small-scale model of an Apollo command module next to the full-scale original Apollo 4 command module, which flew in the first “all-up” test of the Saturn V rocket! The gallery, peppered with artifacts from the Smithsonian and from INFINITY's own collections, feature astronaut space suits, Space Shuttle rocket engine components and tires, and a moon rock from Apollo 15. Strike a pose at Sensors, Satellites, & Selfies, or walk through a life-size mockup of the International Space Station's Destiny module. You can watch the latest videos about the Orion space capsule while sitting inside it, or learn about the range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Look down on the colossal Apollo 19 Saturn V first stage from the floor-to-ceiling observation windows at the end of the gallery, or step outside to get a real feel of its incredible size!
Little Learner's Lab (currently closed due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19)
The Little Learner's Lab (L3) is made for children from birth through 5 years old.
This is a designated space that reaches the littlest learners. Parents will find a colorful room with a swamp to space theme. Little ones will have an opportunity to discover through play. While toddlers explore soft building and climbing areas in the swamp, preschoolers can blast off into space through imaginative play with interactive space themed activities. To enhance the experience, INFINITY Science Center provides a parent’s guide that helps parent engage their little learner through questions and extensions that encourage science learning.
The Little Learner's Lab provides a designated space for birth to 5 years where there's hands-on exploration, experiences that encourage discovery through play, development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills, making connections to the world around them, developing observation skills through simple investigations, and activities to compare, sort and classify.
The Lab was painted by local artist, Jason Peck who transformed the classroom to a swamp, space station, and space.
The Little Learner's Lab and it's programming is Sponsored By: Walt Disney Imagineering, Chemours, and Hancock County Excel By 5