Aug 12, 2014

Ann Abor's children's musuem, The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has opened a new exhibit; H2Oh! This interactive water playscape is sure to delight visitors of all ages as they crank, spin, pump, push, and pour water; float, roll, throw, lift, and balance plastic balls; and learn complex concepts about fluid motion.

We asked the museum Executive Director, Mel Drumm to fill us in on a few new exhibits in addition to H2Oh!, at the museum. Mel tells us that 'H2Oh! is the next truly transformational exhibit at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and a reflection of our commitment to creating visitor experiences that surprise, inspire and delight.' Mel also says, "We couldn’t be more excited to unveil H2Oh!, L is for Laser and Nano—three more reasons why the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a great family destination for summer fun and one-of-a-kind opportunities to play and learn." Here is what you need to know about these exciting additions!

H2Oh! replaces the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s water exhibits on a grand scale, and occupies 1000 square feet of space on the Museum’s main floor gallery space.

You'll be able to:

  • Use a pump to fill a cylinder full of water
  • Dump a cylinder of water and make a spoon water wheel spin
  • Pump water and floating balls over your head using an Archimedes’ screw
  • Suspend a ball on a stream of water
  • Shoot a ball into a giant cylinder of water
  • Channel streams of water to spin paddlewheels and a turbine
  • Lift a cup move water to the top of balancing troughs
  • Build dams to stop water flow or direct it to paddle wheels
  • Channel water inside pipes
  • Open nozzles to spray water onto the top or bottom of a wheel
  • Make big, slow moving bubbles or small, fast moving bubbles in tall cylinder

L is for Laser 

L is for Laser combines lasers, art, wordplay, language, and typography, and includes music by composer and musician Ken Kozora. It is a collection of three pieces of laser art with a central alphabetic theme that includes lasers projecting patterns that react to the movements of visitors and a projection of the alphabet.  

Nano: Imagine and discover a world you can't see

Nano: Imagine and discover a world you can't see! is an interactive exhibit that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. It shows that incredibly small things can do amazingly big and complex jobs. Nano’s hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, with support from the National Science Foundation. 

More fun at the Museum!

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is an award-winning provider of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education. It offers more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination and simply teach complex ideas and concepts. The Museum attracts more than 250,000 visitors every year. The mission of the Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and math. For more information about the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum's weekly events, check out their event calendar.


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