Let’s make it move! Isaac Newton had a great time exploring moving objects and you will too! Set hundreds of balls in motion, send a wave along a one-hundred foot Slinky®, and swing pendulums of every kind, including a suspended table, to see what you discover! How do you start, stop, or change the direction of an object on the move?  What happens when two moving objects collide? And what if you could capture the complex pattern of motion? You can! Create your own beautiful, one of a kind, artistic drawing that records the motion of a complex pendulum.

In this Exhibit

two girls push a suspended table that has a marker suspended over it, making a geometric drawing
Harmonograph

Set a 110-pound harmonograph table in motion and watch it swing in unique patterns. Capture the beautiful and complex motion of this compound pendulum on your own one-of-a-kind poster to take home. 

two children stand at opposite ends of a line of bowling bowls suspended from the ceiling
Newton's Cradle

Set bowling balls in motion! See and hear them transfer energy to one another and experiment with different combinations to discover first-hand how energy and momentum are conserved in the dramatic large-scale Newton's Cradle.

a boy and his mother look up to see a ball he is sending up a tension wire
Ninja Balls

Drop a set of balls at the Ninja Ball exhibit to see a dramatic transfer of energy when the top ball bounces up to 3 stories high along a high tension wire.  

a girl and a boy play with a sand table with funnels suspended over it
Sand Pendulums

Create spiraling white sand patterns on grey slate when you swing funnels on pendulums. Compare the paths of the 1 and 2-point sand pendulums to one another and to the Harmonograph, the giant 4-point pendulum across the floor.

a boy arranges magnetic funnels, tracks, and tubes on a metal wall
Tinker Tracks

Create elaborate ball runs, pathways, and jumps with magnetic tracks, tubes, and funnels. Race with another track or connect to others to create the longest pathways across two walls. 

a toddler suspends a ping pong ball in the air with a hairdryer, with help from his mom
Bernoulli Blowers

Suspend ping-pong balls on columns of air using hairdryers! Tilt the balls to float them above air or make them jump through a hoop.

Amazing Airflow

Move ping-pong balls through tubes or float them above short and tall columns of air to discover surprising phenomena.