Raise the Roof

If walls could talk, what would they say? From classical physics to new discoveries in environmental science, from deeply held cultural beliefs to spectacular feats of engineering, buildings reveal fascinating stories of human ingenuity and science. Interactive components explore the physics of architecture. An object theater examines a house as a system. Other components look at houses of the world, or allow visitors to build their own structures. Raise the Roof will draw the visitor into the extraordinary world of buildings as they have never experienced it before.

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Buckling Column
Buckling Column
The physics of column strength become a full-body experience in this delightful component.

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Collapsing Dome
Collapsing Dome
Using simple machines visitors raise a domed roof overhead and then safely let it collapse around them.

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Insulation
Insulation
Instrumentation and the visitor's sense of touch suggest which materials make the best insulators.

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Kapla Blocks
Kapla Blocks
The universal appeal of building blocks provides an outlet for solitary or cooperative building experiences.

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The Story of Concrete
The Story of Concrete
A young visitor discovers that ancient builders hid figurines in the walls of their homes.

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Build a Truss
Build a Truss
An engaging model enables the fun discovery of the role of tension and compression in structures.
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