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Durham Museum Celebrates Science of New Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys Exhibit at "TREE-mendous" Holiday Celebration

Museum Competes for $5,000 Prize to Support Hands-On Science Learning in Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge



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Durham, NC - December 2013


Visitors to the Museum of Life and Science's new seasonal exhibit Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys know the potential of everyday objects to transform into a world of mechanical marvels, but starting December 6th visitors to the American Tobacco Campus' Diamond View Park can enjoy a glimpse into this unique art-meets-science experience. On Friday, the Durham based science museum illuminated a Springs, Sprockets and Pulleys themed tree at the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge invites over 55 local non-profits to decorate trees in a competition for up to $5,000 in operational support. On view December 6, 2013 - January 2, 2014 the public is encouraged to vote for the tree that best delivers the non-profits message, creativity and joy of the season. Vote to help us win $5k!

Constructed from recycled materials such as old machine parts, kitchen utensils and light fixtures, Springs, Sprockets and Pulleys offers museum-goers a unique way to interact with contemporary sculpture and explore the principles of simple mechanical motion. The Museum's themed tree aims to capture the playful whimsy, creative spirit and mechanical science of the exhibit with dozens of hand-crafted ornaments featuring found objects transformed into imaginative sculptures. 


How to Vote in the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge

•    Supporters are encouraged to text their vote by entering TREE52 to 46988 or by voting online at:
•    Limit one vote per day per device or email address
•    The voting period begins December 6th at 7:00PM and ends at 11:59PM on December 20th.


About the Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community and their world. Situated on 84-acres in Durham, NC, the Museum is one of North Carolina's top attractions featuring over 65,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, designed to be touched and explored. Through interactive exhibits and events, the Museum provides hands-on learning opportunities for over 440,000 visitors each year; nurturing curiosity to help people of all ages understand how the world works.


Museum Competes for $5,000 Prize with Themed Tree in Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge 

Voting Period: December 6-December 20