Science and athleticism combine in new hands-on sports exhibit at Tyler Junior College

Science and athleticism combine in new hands-on sports exhibit at Tyler Junior College
Exhibits include tests in grip strength, flexibility, agility, and hang time, which is pictures above (Source: KLTV staff)
Exhibits include tests in grip strength, flexibility, agility, and hang time, which is pictures above (Source: KLTV staff)
This exhibit allow visitors to experience the strength and endurance required by para-athletes who compete in wheelchair-centered sports (Source: KLTV staff)
This exhibit allow visitors to experience the strength and endurance required by para-athletes who compete in wheelchair-centered sports (Source: KLTV staff)
This exhibit tests visitors reflexes by flashing lights and timing how long it takes for the competitor to push them. (Source: KLTV staff)
This exhibit tests visitors reflexes by flashing lights and timing how long it takes for the competitor to push them. (Source: KLTV staff)

TYLER, TX (KLTV)

Tyler Junior College is debuting its newest hands-on exhibit, which promises to show you the science behind some of your favorite sports.

"Sportsology" will open to the public Tuesday, Sept. 18 at TJC's Center for Earth and Space Science Education. The exhibit is a series of hands-on challenges that allow visitors to test their athletic abilities while learning how their bodies work. Interactive exhibits encourage visitors to explore, experiment, and discover the science behind sports, according to information provided by TJC.

“Sports are an important part of our lives and, by many accounts, are directly linked to health, self-esteem, and community building,” said Dr. Beau Hartweg, TJC science center director.

The new exhibit aims to introduce the science of the human body through pastimes many kids and young adults can connect with, which in part, the college hopes will promote healthy choices and increased body awareness. 

"Visitors can learn the science of some of today's most popular sports, and they can test out their own reflexes, strength, and agility," Dr. Hartweg added.

Some of the exhibits include  "the Fastball", where participants can see how fast they can throw.

"Me personally, I can throw about 30 miles-per-hour," said Dr. Hartweg. "But others are going to have a better fastball than me, so this is their chance to test that out."

Other exhibits include tests in hang time and grip strength, a test of strength and endurance required in for para-athletes in wheelchair racing, as well as tables that measure flexibility.

About the TJC science center

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and special-occasion space and is home to the only 40-foot, dome theater in East Texas.

Located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus, the center is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Fridays and 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Tickets are $5 for children, seniors and students and $7 for adults. Parking is free.

Open to the public for shows, stargazing events, field trips, and special events, the center reflects TJC’s commitment to quality education, a vibrant student life, and service through educational engagement with the community.

If you'd like more information about TJC's Center for Earth and Space Science Education center, you can find more on the college's website.


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