A Groundbreaking Without Shovels?
On April 16th, 2014, we held our shovel-free groundbreaking ceremony. The decision to make the groundbreaking shovel-free was, in part, due to the fact that dirt work had already begun on the site. We also didnt feel the traditional groundbreaking ceremony was a good fit for us. We wanted to do something unique, and most importantly, something FUN! Instead of shovels, community members staked the site with lightning bolts called Zings, symbolizing the sparking of ideas that brought this project to fruition.
The event concluded with an AMAZING science experience, led by the Amazeum team and the Brandenburg family. Mentos were dropped into almost 100 two liter diet soda bottles, all choreographed to Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and Europe's "Final Countdown." After the explosive soda display, 7 color coordinated elephant toothpaste foams erupted from behind an Amazeum sign. (Visit the links below to see the science behind the magic!)
The best part of the event was, by far, the outpouring of support from the community. Approximately 300 people attended the event, and countless others have given of themselves to see this dream become a reality. What a great start for a bright future!
(Always ask an adult before you try this at home!)