Within this gallery visitors can build bridges; arrange over-sized gears; use a chair lift to challenge the physics of pulleys and hydraulics; test the strength of building materials; compare different types of bridges; discover the power of sound waves; and climb around on an oil derrick.
Build a Better Bridge
Many different types of bridges exist in the bayou region. This exhibit will encourage learning the differences between beam, arch, suspension and cable-stayed bridges and how they each perform.
This exhibit is designed to help children understand how sound waves travel and reflect off of surfaces by sending a narrow beam of sound waves out from it toward a wall of hanging mirror mosaics. Sound can make movement!
The possibilities are endless for arranging these oversized gears so that they will work effectively, encouraging gross motor skills and an understanding of how gears work together to create movement.
Build a bridge with large, soft, numbered blocks in an arch shape, then knock them down and start all over again!
This two-story signature exhibit sparks their curiosity as they all about oil platforms are. Up top, they can operate a crane, fish for different types of saltwater fish, learn and what the platforms do and what the black sludge makes, like their tennis shoes, basketballs, colors and more! Activities below include an exhibit on our Gulf seafood.
Learn the importance of physics demonstrating how lifting heavy loads is accomplished more easily by utilizing pulleys. Try one chair lift with one set of pulleys vs. the next chair lift with multiple pulleys. What’s the difference?