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Explore the science of how things move by land, sea, and air at The Don Harrington Discovery Center's new traveling exhibition, From Here to There, opening on Friday, January 15, 2021.
Lift, launch, and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make learning about gravity, friction, and the laws of motion fun. Ride a hovercraft to experience how air pressure works, adjust wind speed to form fabric into an airfoil, and float your sailboat to experiment with the effect of wind, rudder, and sail positions.
Visitors can turn up the heat to launch a colorful hot air balloon, operate an authentic canal lock system to move a boat from one water level to the next, and experiment with pneumatics, pulleys, hydraulics, and levers to see what kind of mechanical advantage works best.
From Here to There consists of eleven fun, interactive exhibits. “We are thrilled to bring this fun and exciting exhibit to Amarillo, to help our visitors learn about the science of movement and how transportation works. Each element of the exhibit is designed to spark conversation and encourage interaction between families, in a fun and engaging way,” said Wendy Taylor, DHDC's Executive Director. The 1,500 square foot exhibition is color-coded and divided into three main categories: transportation by land, sea and air.
At the Simple Machines exhibit, visitors can use scoops, ramps, winches, and wheels to discover how simple machines can help move things across the land. This ball-pit is fun for all ages but is designed with the museum's youngest visitors in mind.
One hundred feet of tubing allow visitors to send colored balls in a rushing channel of air from one Air Transport station to another. Visitors can watch the balls as they dart across walls, over their heads, and appear at the other station in record time.
In addition to exhibits like Water Locks and How Do Boats Sail Into the Wind? that explore transportation by water, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with exhibits that explain the principles of how things move.
Visitors can feel the friction at Carry That Weight as they try to move different weights across dirt, train tracks, and through the water. Find out which is the Right Engine for the Job as you explore how internal combustion engines work to power anything from cars and airplanes to lawnmowers and snow blowers. The Rochester Museum & Science Center of Rochester, NY and the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY developed From Here to There as part of the Traveling Exhibits At Museums of Science (TEAMS) collaborative and is Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
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