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March 31, 2010 > Chabot Space & Science Center Launches Climate Lab Website

Chabot Space & Science Center Launches Climate Lab Website

Submitted By Robert Ade

Chabot Space & Science Center announces its launch of an innovative educational website,, featuring Emmy-award-winning science educator Bill Nye the Science Guy. In his unique style, Bill Nye encourages kids and families to take steps to reduce energy consumption and find solutions to a warming planet. "In a world where it's possible to reach the Moon in nine hours and where humans have already sent a probe to Pluto, it's possible to change the world to keep us and our planet healthy," said Nye, who frequently appears on national media outlets speaking about climate change.

Website visitors join Bill Nye on an urgent mission to thwart climate change and discover clean energy opportunities and solutions. Through fun missions and activities, visitors discover surprising facts about their everyday energy use. "In one year, Americans travel the equivalent of more miles than 10 million round trip voyages to the Moon," said Nye. Activities on the site include the Vehicle Challenge to design a clean and efficient truck, train, ship or plane - learning how body shape, materials, engine type and other design decisions affect efficiency.

Or visitors can try the Vampire Hunt, which encourages people to find the energy vampires (i.e. stealth energy consumers) in their homes and learn how to vanquish them. Other challenges for website visitors include: Transit Tracker to track personal and family travel habits, Virtual Garden to learn about the importance of green space in sustainable communities, and Poster Project, urging visitors to join a citizen science project, or start their own.

The website's global audience includes elementary and junior high school students in addition to their parents and teachers. will help children and their families engage in energy saving activities in many areas of their daily lives. The site precedes a permanent exhibition, Bill Nye's Climate Laboratory, at Chabot Space & Science Center, focusing on climate change and actions families can take to reduce their energy consumption. The exhibition opens in late 2010.

"Bill Nye's Climate Lab will get kids excited about science, and show kids and families how their everyday actions can make a big difference for our climate," said Alexander Zwissler, Executive Director/CEO for Chabot Space & Science Center. "Developing good habits now among youth and young families will yield long-term benefits for human health and the planet." goes live on March 22, 2010. The site was designed and developed by Chabot Space & Science Center in partnership with Proximity Lab, an interaction design studio in Portsmouth, NH, and was funded by the Noyce Foundation.

Chabot Space & Science Center ( is a Smithsonian Affiliate. The Center is located at 10000 Skyline Blvd. just off Highway 13 in the Oakland hills.

For more information about Bill Nye, visit
For more information about Proximity Lab, visit

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