Fascinated by flight? Learn about aerodynamics and exercise your creativity in our Build It, Fly It exhibit.
Start at the construction station and engineer your own flying machine using colorful foam pieces in a variety of shapes.
Next, place your unique invention onto a 30-foot vertical, hand-powered conveyor system and crank it up through the rafters.
Watch as your creation is released at the very top to see if it flies, flutters or falls.
Following in the footsteps of scientists and inventors, you can then redesign and retest your flying machine to try and improve your results. Anyone can be an engineer in this fun and creative environment.
An Updated Build It - Fly It!
Reopening in full by the end of October 2017
The four people-powered moving platforms that transport flying objects over forty feet up conveyor belts before launching them into the sky will remain. However, the foam flying shapes will be restyled offering a wider variety of body shapes, accessory wings, fins and tails to provide limitless opportunities to design, engineer, modify and test flying contraptions.
The update will feature a visual makeover bringing the nature of flight to life, including a tree containing flying creatures, aircraft seemingly breaking through the wall, and a rocket ship blasting off, complete with afterburners glowing behind it.
Rope lights will outline the launch bays and new signs will share information about the properties of flight and propose questions to encourage deeper engagement in the exhibit.
The former book nook will be transformed into an airplane cockpit with an instrument panel for imaginative play.
There will also be a pint-sized Flight Lab exhibit piece that will provide the youngest visitors with hands-on flight play using a Bernoulli blower and lightweight objects for testing.