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Local companies are ‘In Motion’

Several local companies are sponsoring parts of the Buffalo Museum of Science’s new “In Motion” exhibit that reflects what the companies do.

Calspan Corporation, Columbus McKinnon and West Herr Automotive Group helped with interactive displays that focus on physics and engineering and showcase the scientific achievements of local firms.

The 3,500-square-foot studio opened Saturday and is the third installment in the museum’s plan to house eight permanent spaces, or studios. The eight studios, which will be completed by 2016, will highlight scientific advancements made within the Buffalo Niagara region.

Calspan, a Buffalo technology company with a history of aerospace and transportation research and development, sponsored a “Crash Test Science” station, which shows how crash tests aid engineers in developing safer vehicles. Calspan is credited with creating the first crash-test dummy in 1948.

Columbus McKinnon’s sponsorship is showcased through a motorized material handling simulation. The display shows how the Amherst company creates hoisting systems and technology to move massive objects.

Museum patrons can also create and test their own automobile design in a racing exhibit sponsored by West Herr Automotive Group.

The new exhibit also features workshops promoting a playful environment to cultivate children’s interest in science. The “Makeshift” workshop is sponsored by National Grid.