Toys: The Inside Story

Peek inside some popular toys! Explore linkages, cams, pulleys and circuits. Steady your hands and win at Operation®! Activate different electrical circuits. Discover what makes Jack jump. Crank gears and make toys spin! Find out which mechanisms make toys move, and how!

  • Developed by Montshire Museum of Science
  • Funded by NSF through the TEAMS Collaborative
  • Designed for a family audience
  • Size: 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Rental Fee: $18,500 for 3-1/2+ months
  • Shipping: 1 truck

  • Find out what makes toys move by exploring the mechanisms inside them: gears, wires, cams circuits, switches, linkages and pulleys.
  • You can activate a circuit and play a giant game of Operation®.
  • You can create your own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams and circuits.
  • Learn now to turn a simple motion into one that is more complex.
  • See how when gears mesh, if you turn one gear, the others turn.
  • Find out how an industrial size gear can change the speed of a rotating shaft.
  • Discover how a worm gear and a cam mechanism work together inside a Jack-in-the-Box.

[Spring 2017: booked]
[Summer 2017: booked]
[Fall 2017: booked]
[Spring 2018: booked]
[Summer 2018: booked]
Fall 2018: Available
Spring 2019: Available
[Summer 2019: booked]

For availability Fall 2019 and beyond, contact Erica Washburn at (607) 272-0600 ×128.

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