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Engineering: Air Dancers

Air DancersThink like amusement park engineers and design a device that floats, twirls and dances in a column of air. Students engage in the engineering design process by developing and testing their prototypes in a 3-foot tall wind tube. See how small changes in design can drastically alter the aerodynamics of the ride. Continue testing design ideas from this class at our Engineering Studio in the Exhibit Halls, on level 3.

LEARNING LAB MAX: 32 students per lab session, with 3 lab sessions available per hour
TIME: 50 minutes
GRADE: Designed for grades 3-5
COST: $6 per lab, per student. This does not include museum admission.


  • Engineers are people who solve problems creatively using their knowledge and understanding of math and science.
  • Engineers use a design process to develop and refine multiple solution options to a problem. The process includes the steps: plan, make, test, revise.
  • Moving air provides a force that can lift and support an object. Changing the object's shape, size, weight and/or materials affects its motion.



The Nature of Science and Engineering - Use tools, including rulers, thermometers, magnifiers and simple balances, to improve observations and keep a record of the observations made. - Generate ideas and possible constraints for solving a problem through engineering design. - Test and evaluate solutions, considering advantages and disadvantages of the engineering solution, and communicate the results effectively.

Physical Science - Identify the force that starts something moving or changes its speed or direction of motion.

Request a Learning Lab

Learning Labs are available for school groups at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. They occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during October-November and January-May. (In May, Tuesdays also become available.) Minimum/Maximum class size: 16/32 students. Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance for Learning Labs. To make your reservation, fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request, email , or call (651) 221-9444 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learning Labs Price: $6 per lab, per student. Requires museum admission. Minimum 16, maximum 32 students per lab.