Experiment Gallery

This 10,000-square-foot hall is dedicated to the physical sciences and technology. Visitors use over 70 interactive components to explore phenomena related to waves, light, electricity, and mechanics. Eleven "experiment benches"—rich, open-ended experiences—provide the visitor with the tools needed to pursue in-depth experimentation with electrical components, optical devices, pendulums, aerodynamics, mobiles, relaxation oscillators, structural stresses, geometric shapes, sound, and atmospheric phenomena.

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AC Electricity Lab
AC Electricity Lab
Visitors can build circuits while they learn about the function of many of the basic components of electrical engineering.

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Cold Front
Cold Front
Visitors see how a “cold front” forms as cold and dry air moves into a warm, moist area forming towering cloud formations.

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Warm Front
Warm Front
Visitors see what happens when warm humid air is allowed to meet a cold, dry air mass to produce the layered cloud formations characteristic of a “warm front.”

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Steam Power Plant
Steam Power Plant
Visitors operate a small steam engine where they can change steam pressure, valve timing, presence or absence of a condenser, and the electrical load.

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Pendulum Lab
Pendulum Lab
Assisted by electronic monitors and computer displayed diagnostics, visitors can conduct a number of experiments with simple or complex pendulums that explore basic to more advanced and challenging pendular phenomena.

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Small Plane
Small Plane
By controlling wind speed and rudder angle, visitors are able to control the lift and altitude of a small model air plane.

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Math Tracks
Math Tracks
Here visitors kinesthetically record moving stories and then do calculus on their graphs allowing them to get a feel for calculus without having to know a lot of math.

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Reflectors and Retroreflectors
Reflectors and Retroreflectors
Here visitors experiment with various reflective surfaces to learn more about their properties. The art installation here uses paper, aluminum foil, and a variety of 3M reflective and retroreflective materials.
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