Join us for the day as we explore toys, create toys, and hack toys to see what’s inside. In celebration of the Montshire’s exhibit “Playing Around: Engineering and Toys” you’ll have an opportunity to investigate the science and engineering of toys ranging from spinning tops to surprising balancing acts. Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free with Museum admission.
Schedule of Activities
In the Classroom
--Gears: See how gears can be used to change the speed of moving parts, or effort required to move parts as we look closely at the inside of toys. Build a fun little toy made using Lego® gears. 11-12:30 a.m.
--Linkage Toys: Build a mechanism to create a whimsical toy. Try different combos of linkages to change the motion. 1:30-3 p.m
At the Science Discovery Lab
--Straw Rockets: Make your own and see how far you can get it to fly! 11 a.m.
--Parachutes: Construct your own miniature parachute and learn how air resistance works to slow down a falling object. 12 p.m.
--Balance Toys: Create a balance toy that will amaze your friends and family. 1:30 p.m.
--Tops: Experiment with weight and shape as we try out different spinning top designs. 2:30 p.m.