September 28, 2013 to January 5, 2014
The excitement is building! Slip on a construction vest, grab some orange rubber cones, and become a mover and shaker in the new Little Builders exhibit at the National Museum of Play at The Strong®. Budding builders create, play, and learn as they explore concepts of construction, motion, and simple machines at more than 20 interactive stations designed especially for them.
- Explore the physics of movement and cause and effect as you climb in, out, over, and under the 4 levels of the construction site.
- Discover the concepts involved in building structures using blocks, LEGO Duplo® bricks, and PVC pipes.
- Experiment with aerodynamics by dropping balls into vertical air chutes and watching them whiz through clear pipes and pop into a basket.
- Learn about mechanical physics by moving block cargo to a waiting flatbed car using a gantry crane.
- Use plastic hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and other simple tools, and use a hand-operated conveyor belt to move materials.
Additional zones brimming with jumbo-sized, colorful, open-ended construction materials offer unique hands-on experiences for builders of all ages.
Little Builders was created and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon.