Physical Challenge ZonePHYSICAL CHALLENGE


Every great scientist knows that pressure is the application of force to the surface of an object.

  • When you step on a single nail, your foot puts a large amount of force onto the small surface area of that nail, easily piercing your skin.

  • What do you think will happen when you lie down on …

    3500 NAILS?
  • WonderWall

    Create 3-Dimensional images of your body on this gigantic pin wall made of 40,000 plastic pins!

    You can even get imaginative and create a new version of you that walks on 4 legs or has 20 fingers on one hand!


    If you are anywhere between the ages of 1 and 101, you will love this exhibit!

    Create bubbles the size of basketballs, blow bubbles through a bubble sheet, or make a bubble big enough for you to fit inside!

    Look at all the pretty colors in the bubbles as they float around. They are actually reflections and refractions of the light around the bubble. The colors show how thick, or thin, the bubble wall is.

  • Bubble Lab

    Take a seat on one of the chairs and use the rope to pull yourself up. If you look closely, you’ll see that each chair is connected to two, three, or four pulleys.

    Pulleys make lifting heavy items easier by magnifying force or changing the direction of force.

    The magnifying of force by a simple machine is called a mechanical advantage. The key to a mechanical advantage is in the number of pulleys; the more pulleys there are, the lighter the weight being lifted feels.
Try each chair.

    Which one was easiest?

  • Pulley Power


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pitch to a Major League Baseball player or throw a touchdown pass 50 yards to an NFL player?

virtual-sportsHow about kicking a winning goal past a soccer goalie?

Virtual Sports allows you to test your athletic skills on a baseball, football, and soccer field.

Throw your best pitch – how fast was it? Was it a ball, strike, or did you give up a homerun?

Then test your accuracy and depth perception by completing passes to receivers on a football field. Don’t let the defense intercept you! While the clock is running, see how many goals you can sneak past the soccer goalie.

How do you think you match up to professional athletes?


    It isn’t like climbing the Smoky Mountains but it’s a start.

    This rock climbing wall is fun for climbers of all levels.

    Take it slow as you enjoy the climb or challenge your family and friends to see who makes it to the top first!

  • rock climbers


Buckle into your bike and start pedaling! The movement of your bike depends on how fast and how hard you pedal.

Try to generate enough power to spin a complete 360-degree revolution right back to where you started!

360 Bikes