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UPMC SportsWorks at the Pittsburgh Carnegie Science Center
What does it feel like to race down an Olympic bobsled track? Why do muscles 'burn' after a workout? UPMC SportsWorks, a large, permanent exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center, explores the science of sports in a way that's fun and fascinating for people of all ages. Located in its own building adjacent to the Science Center and across from Heinz Field, UPMC SportsWorks contains 40+ exhibits spread out over 36,000 square feet, making it the largest science and sport exhibition in the world.
A great way to beat Pittsburgh's unpredictable weather, UPMC SportsWorks contains thrill rides and activities in six major theme areas: Safe Adventure, Try it Yourself, Sports & Science, Virtual Sports, Mini Golf Math, and UPMC SportsWorks JR.
UPMC SportsWorks offers real full-bodied, physical experiences, like rock climbing and sprinting, as well as state-of-the-art simulators to take you places you wouldn't likely experience, such as cruising down Olympic bobsled runs, or hang gliding over the Grand Canyon. This ensures fun for people of all ages and physical ability levels. The warehouse-like space has the look and feel of a sporting event: sports sound effects, special lighting, banners, stadium-style concession stand and souvenir shop, scoreboards, video monitors featuring famous clips of athletes setting world records, and an assortment of real artifacts, including the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Trophy, and Three Rivers Stadium seats, cafe chairs, and tables.
Carnegie Science Center and UPMC SportsWorks are located on the North Shore across from downtown Pittsburgh. For more information on times, prices, directions or programs and exhibits, for the Carnegie Science Center or UPMC SportsWorks, please visit the Carnegie Science Center Web site or call (412) 237-3400. The Science Center provides free on-site parking to its visitors.
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