Explore over 8,000 square feet of hands-on, fun and interactive learning opportunities from both national and international touring exhibits and select permanent exhibits from the DHDC collection. Exhibits change every fall, spring and summer, providing visitors new discoveries every visit!
Discover Something Strange! There’s lots of stuff to study in materials science, because everything around you is made of materials: like the metals in bicycles, the plastic in your contact lenses, the glass in computer monitors, and the foam in your running shoes. Materials scientists work with the tiniest bits of matter - molecules and atoms - in order to improve stuff or even create completely new materials that can do amazing things! Become a materials scientist yourself: test stuff, break stuff, mix stuff, heat stuff...and discover how STRANGE matter can be!
Strange Matter is produced by the Ontario Science Centre and is presented by the Materials Research Society. This exhibition and its tour are made possible by the generous support of these national sponsors: NSF, Dow, Ford Motor Company Fund, Intel, RioTinto Alcan, and 3M. This local presentation is made possible by Amarillo National Bank, Public Steel, Owens Corning, and A1 Insulation.
Open May 20- September 17
Life Size Games for Life Size Fun! Come PLAY and learn the many concepts of physics with GIANT versions of popular games. Your heart will be pumping and your brain will be tingling in this one-of-a-kind BRAND NEW exhibit, made and produced by our own Exhibits team at the Discovery Center. What can you learn by playing Jenga, Kerplunk, Soccer Billiards, Lite Brite, Chess and Checkers?
Physics @ Play explores the science of Physics while engaging the inner child in all of us- through play!
Discover the force of Gravity with the Giant Jenga game. Manipulate the various structural loads that are supporting the structure even after being comprised. What do you notice when two edge blocks are removed leaving only the center block?
Discover how Compression comes into play when two objects are pushed together with the Giant Kerplunk game. In this game all of the sticks are pushed together along with the balls. How many sticks can you remove before the compression is relased and all the balls fall to the bottom?
GOAL! Learn all about kinetic energy and trajectory with GIANT SOCCER BILLIARDS. Explore this game of collisions and see first-hand Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Create endless patterns with our colorful GIANT LITE BRITE wall. This timeless Lite Brite exhibit creates mesmerizing opportunities for play. Kids of all ages will enjoy making patterns with acrylic rods in six colors. Parents will love the trip down memory lane when they see this classic toy designed at large scale. This activity is perfect for solo play or for a group of kids.
Physics @ Play is Produced by the Don Harrington Discovery Center.
Physics @ Play is generously Sponsored by the Kimble Foundation and the Mullins Foundation.