From Here to There



Exhibit Descriptions

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Overview of "From Here to There"


Operate an authentic canal lock system as you move your boat through different water levels. Can you adjust the valves to raise and lower water levels?


Discover how simple machines help move things in this ball-pit construction site. Use ramps, buckets and scoops to lift and load balls into a dump truck and move them around! Designed for toddlers and preschoolers.

Set Sail

Adjust the rudder and sail positions to send your boat across the windy lake. Change the wind direction for a new challenge as you try to reach the next port.


Sit down, settle in and fly through the air on this amazing hovercraft. Ride on a cushion of air that lets you twist, turn and travel with ease across the floor.

Mini Hovercraft: Explore how air pressure makes a hovercraft work in this accompanying interactive component.

Up, Up, and Away

Turn up the heat to see how hot air balloons inflate and take to the skies.

Wing Thing

See how changing air flow affects the movement of wings. Challenge yourself to make the "wing" hover, flutter or soar.

Give It a Lift

Experiment with different forms of mechanical advantage as you lift identical weights. First lift the weights with no help. Then try the four methods to see how they make your job easier:

  • pulleys
  • levers
  • pneumatics
  • hydraulics


Discover how trains float in the air and travel at amazing speeds through magnetic levitation. Explore the potential of transportation using magnetic forces, and decide for yourself if this is the future of travel!

Air Tubes

Send colored balls through tubes from one station to the other in a rushing channel of air. Watch balls zoom up the walls and over your head to your friends at the other station.(Flexible layout; tubing can be extended.)

Feel the Friction

Experience the forces that affect how we move things across land and water. Which takes less effort:

  • a boat on water?
  • a train on tracks?
  • a cart on a rough road?

What happens when you try different weights?

Start Your Engines!

Explore the insides of four important machines that power our cars, airplanes, lawnmowers and snowblowers:

  • 2-stroke engine
  • 4-stroke engine
  • diesel engine
  • Wankel engine