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Measurement Rules Opens March 11 at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Bill Schlageter, Director of Marketing
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PITTSBURGH (March, 2017) – How many chickens do you weigh? How tall are you in apples or inches or pennies?  Can you use your foot as a ruler?  The answers to these and other questions can be explored at Measurement Rules, an interactive exhibit at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh from March 11 through May 7, 2017.

It might be common to measure using standard tools such as measuring tapes and vessels – but  the Measurement exhibit will  explore some nonstandard ones such as balancing scales, odometers, calipers, 3-D imaging and counting "Mississippis."

“We’ve designed this exhibit to enable kids to work together and become more confident in the language of measurement,” explains Anne Fullenkamp, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s Director of Design.

Measurement Rules is created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and sponsored by PA Leadership Charter School.

You can explore concepts of length, time, volume and weight in a variety of ways:

• Height Wall – How tall are you in apples or pennies?
• Treadmill Odometer – Get walking and add to the total yards we'll calculate visitors walked on our treadmill in the exhibit.
• Ball Gauges – Tinker with instruments such as calipers, height gauges and go/no-go gauges. Explore all of the possible ways to measure an ordinary wooden ball.  Toss the balls down the chutes to test your findings.
• Giant Tape Measure – Extend a giant tape measure to measure the equally giant fish on our wall mural.
• Foot Ruler – Fit your foot into the gauge to make your foot a unit of measurement then measure yourself in your "feet" and other people's "feet."

• Five Mississippi – How good is your internal clock? Count to five Mississippi and see how close you come to five actual seconds.
• Ball Stopwatch – Build your own ball ramp and make it faster or slower with modifications.

• See Your Volume – Step before the screen and see yourself built from cubic-inch blocks.
• Bead Table – Little ones can explore volume at an open-ended bead play table.

• Chicken Scale – Find out how many chickens you weigh.
• Balance Scale – Finesse the right balance between objects and standard weights on a large balance scale.

About Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space the Museum welcomes more than 302,500 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Permanent hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Attic, Nursery, Backyard and MAKESHOP®. The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind Sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building). In 2006 the Museum became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust. In 2015 the Museum was named as one of the nation’s fifteen top children’s museums by Parents magazine.