|Team Up!: Goalpost
Photo courtesy Sciencenter Discovery Museum
Visitors walk under a football goalpost to enter Team Up! Explore
Science and Sports. The entry panels are complete with national
sponsor signage and a place for each venue to display its local
Visitors can shoot tennis balls at a giant racquet while adjusting
the racquet face to get the most desirable angle. For safety and
to eliminate the loss of tennis balls, Ricochet Racquet is an enclosed
This interactive station features professional sports equipment
and apparel. Visitors can try on uniforms in the Locker Room,
and view professional baseball, football, soccer, and hockey equipment
in display cases. Jerseys from local teams can be included in
Experiments on balance include a pommel horse, balance beam, and
tabletop activities to help visitors learn about the skills needed
to become an Olympic-caliber gymnast.
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Make that perfect pass just like your favorite point guard! Visitors
can determine the correct angle and amount of force needed to bounce
a basketball to a "teammate" located on the other side of a barrier.
To explore trajectory angles, visitors can shoot a marble-sized
basketball through a tiny hoop.
Visitors are invited to find the "sweet spot" in baseball:
the point on the bat where the maximum amount of energy transfers
to the baseball, with the minimum amount of energy traveling back
into the batter's hands.
This exhibit investigates emerging technology in high-tech sports
equipment. Visitors can explore the research and development of
such items as hockey sticks and baseball bats, while viewing cross-sections
of different balls and sports equipment.
Get in the Game
In a virtual reality system, visitors can watch themselves playing
volleyball, soccer, or skiing downhill.
How Fast Was That Pitch?
Visitors can measure the speed of their baseball pitches in a radar-equipped
The Sole of the Game
Viewing only the soles of various athletic footware, visitors try
to match each shoe with its correct sport.
In this exhibit two mannequins rotating on metal rods portray gymnasts.
One assumes a tucked position; the other is outstretched. The visitor
is asked to predict and observe which mannequin will spin faster.
Name That Ball (2)
Visitors are invited to identify balls used in various sports, using only their sense of touch.
Some of the balls will be familiar,
while others will test the participant's sports I.Q.
Visitors can watch clips from the television show"ESPN SportsFigures"
that feature information on the scientific principles found in the
play of many different sports. Find out how today's athletes do
the seemingly impossible.