The Discovery Museum is changing things up! Check out the upcoming fun and plan your visit!
Velocity Engineering Lab
January 12 through April 28, 2019
Love balls and ramps? Come experience Velocity!
Balls, ramps, jumps, loops—and physics fun! Race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks and explore how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects.
Five distinct activity areas—a Roller Coaster and Serpentine, Jump Track, Loop Track, Half-Pipe, and Dish—demonstrate the speed, trajectory, velocity, and momentum of moving objects. Using golf balls, kids and their adults can create experiments and compare results with data visualization software that captures multiple test runs. Animated definitions of key physics principles correspond to videos of real-world examples.
Launch golf balls from a high level—by standing on the platform or using the ball elevator—through the roller-coaster and serpentine ball tracks, and see which ball finishes first!
Launch a golf ball on the sloped track and immediately identify its trajectory.
Launch a ball, see it travel through the loop, and get an instant display of the ball’s acceleration. Where on the track do you predict it will accelerate fastest?
Check out the different half-pipes to see how your ball travels on each. What differences do you predict?
Launch your ball and instantly see a display of its momentum and path.
Plan your visit now because Velocity will be gone in May!
Bricks, Sticks, & Arches
Will be returning May 2019
Put your architectural, engineering, planning, design, and construction skills to work! From mirror blocks to KEVA planks, from a large keystone arch to giant interlocking EverBlocks, builders of all ages and abilities can work collaboratively, solve problems, and think critically while stacking, building and creating.
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177 Main Street (Route 27), Acton MA