The Experiment Gallery is all about hands-on experience, providing exhibits and activities that let you take on the role of a scientist to test and explore the worlds of physical science and mathematics.
Special Projects in the Experiment Gallery
We're always experimenting in the Experiment Gallery. That includes testing out new ideas for exhibits that will be used in the Science Museum and in other museums around the world. We want your feedback, so stop on by and see what's new.
Wave Tank: Visit the Wave Tank and watch the surf crash against a wall or roll slowly up onto shore. This large Plexiglas tank gives you control over the creation of waves to observe their formation and impact.
Eden Prairie High School's Hydraulic Hybrid Car: See the model of the hybrid car that Eden Prairie High School submitted for a competition hosted by the Minnesota Technology Education Association (MTEA). During its runs, the car achieved a mileage high of 165 miles per gallon, and an average of 150 mpg. After its trials, museum staff and volunteers aided in refining the design and were able to achieve a mileage high of 175 mpg.
Steam Power Plant: Operate a small steam engine that drives a 12-volt alternator. Change the steam pressure, valve timing, presence or absence of a condenser, and the electrical load to observe variations in the transformation of heat energy to mechanical, electric, and light energies.
Tornado: Check out this visitor favorite and see a tornado form out of water mist right before your eyes.
Convection Currents: Observe the patterns of flow projected onto a large screen as water is heated and cooled. Alter the patterns and the temperature to see how these changes affect the currents.
Bernouli Ball: Experiment with the affects of air stream while balancing a ball over a large air blower. Challenge your family or friends to see how far you can rotate the blower before the ball drops.
Learn More About Experiments
National Fluid Power Association
Broadcast on tptMN, "Fluid Power: A Force for Change" is a 30-minute television program that introduces viewers to the world of fluid power, its technology, its industry, and its communities.
Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power