Science Interactives Gallery featuring Giant Tug-of-War, Air Cannons and more opens December 21
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is supercharging your favorite science experiments and bringing them to life in explosive fashion. The first phase of CMC’s new Science Interactives Gallery will allow amateur scientists and the perpetually curious to hoist themselves up with pulleys, watch clouds form, knock down targets with concentrated walls of air and engage in a spirited game of tug-of-war. The Science Interactives Gallery will open December 21.
The Science Interactives Gallery is a hands-on STEM experience powered by you, bringing physics concepts into the museum, showing just how incredible science, technology and engineering really are and how they manifest themselves in our everyday lives.
One of the splashiest experiences is the chance to form and observe clouds. The Cloud Rings interactive uses a mist generator and a large rubber ring to create clouds. Push down on the rubber ring and watch as friction between the ring’s edge and the water vapor flowing through the hole create a cloud ring that rises up to the ceiling. Does a heftier push create a bigger ring? Test it out for yourself!
Next, grab some friends and challenge them to a game of tug-of-war. Stand on each side of a giant lever, grab the rope and test your might against your friends and a simple machine. But choose your side wisely. Where your rope is attached to the lever makes all the difference. Use your knowledge of fulcrums and levers to singlehandedly best an entire team and ring the victory bell.
Once you’ve beaten your friends, take on yourself. Have a seat in the pulley chair and pull a rope to lift your own body weight off the ground. Strap in and start pulling, using a two-, three-, or four-pulley system to lift yourself 11 feet into the air, learning how a simple pulley can create a mechanical advantage to give you super strength.
Finally, test your aim or join forces with a friend on CMC’s new Air Cannons that show the remarkable power of wind. Step up to one of the giant ballistics and punch the knob to force a blast of concentrated air across the gallery. Work alone or with another air cannonist to turn pinwheels, knock over targets and create the wind tunnel effect that rocks fashion runways the world over.
The Science Interactives Gallery also features a gear and ball play wall and a spinning table to manipulate rolling objects. The Science Interactives Gallery will expand with added experiences in spring 2019.
CMC gratefully recognizes the Procter & Gamble Company as the official sponsor of the Science Interactives Gallery, with support from the State of Ohio.
For more information, visit cincymuseum.org/science-interactives.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.