Can we help develop

cost-effective, renewable

energy supplies?

This traveling exhibition features Kansas scientists who are working together to address the grand challenges of renewable energy and potential climate change. Originally developed for installation at the opening of the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, KS, in 2012 the exhibit is now available to tour across Kansas. Featuring large scale graphics, photo murals, and a real section of a center pivot irrigation system, the modular displays create an immersive environment that brings to life scientists and the work they are doing.


Four modules introduce research to address these complex and interconnected issues:

  • Farmscapes examines how land is used and the complex choices Kansas farmers make.
  • Climate Science focuses on collecting local data and then looking for broad climate trends, what the trends mean, and their impact on future decisions.
  • Energy presents research to find better ways to harvest the sun’s energy, exploring protein-based solar cells and nanotechnology.
  • Pathways explore how Native American traditions can be used to return us to a balanced relationship with nature.

The exhibition lists challenges our planet faces:

  • Will there be enough fresh water?
  • Will we have enough food to eat?
  • Will there be enough energy?
  • Can we help develop cost-effective, renewable energy supplies?




Exhibit Support
Development of the exhibit was supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. EPS-0903806 and matching support from the State of Kansas through the Kansas Board of Regents. The Kansas Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is a partnership of University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University and Haskell Indian Nations University. sity.


Exhibition designed and produced by Flint Hills Design in collaboration with Kauffman Museum.


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