A technological revolution is under way inside the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas while construction crews continue to work on the outside.
Dell Inc. announced it is donating $6.5 million in technology and services to the museum.
Behind the walls, miles of cables and wires link networks and more than 300 computers.
"The other half will be actually be powering the exhibit and the galleries throughout the museum," said David Qualye, Dell Services customer executive.
The Paul Bernhard exhibit will have more than 500 gems in 30 cases on display. Instead of reading about the gems from a card on the wall, visitors will be able to interact with digital placards, a first for any museum in the nation.
"Now you're sitting in front of an exhibit looking at it and having some interactivity that's got additional depth," said Justin Ashford, the museum's director of technology. "You pick features of things and change stuff out."
In addition to the hardware, Dell will have technicians on-site for three years to assist employees and guests with the new technology.
Meanwhile, school districts across North Texas will have access to six state-of-the-art laboratories and one forum equipped with Dell products as part of a push to get students interested and educated in math and science.
"This is the kind of place that we need to get kids excited about math, science, engineering technology and to go out and change the world," said Nicole Small, the museum's Eugene McDermott CEO of the museum.