Do you ever wonder how far an electrical spark can jump?
Did you know it’s possible to build an arch without nails or glue?
How can you use heat to make water flow?
All of the answers to these questions and more can be found at The Workshops Rail Museum’s Sciencentre.
Tucked away in the right hand corner of the museum there’s now 20 interactive exhibits sure to be a hit with big kids and little kids.
There’s fly wheels, a fluid coupler, sparks and air blasts to help you learn the science behind train travel, challenge your friends and solve puzzles.
The Workshops Rail Museum Exhibitions and Public Program Manager Richelle McClymont said the Sciencentre was designed to be a physical experience getting the whole body involved.
There’s things to pull and push, roll and press, spin and turn that lift things in the air, rotate and make noises.
Once you’ve explored all the exhibits and had a go at making your own bridge, which isn’t as easy as it sounds, you can head over to the makerspace and apply everything you’ve just learnt.
The museum has come up with two challenges to test your knowledge.
Challenge one is creating a bridge strong enough for a train to cross over and challenge two is about what transport will look like in the future.
There’s construction materials, model trains and more for the kids and adults to test their ideas.
Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said Sciencentre was about connecting to science in a hands-on, fun way.
“The Workshops Rail Museum look forward to welcoming visitors to the Sciencentre where everyone can be a scientist by asking questions, testing ideas and finding creative ways of solving everyday problems,” Dr Thompson said.
“We hope the gallery helps visitors understand the science that shapes our everyday lives and inspires the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.”
Entry to Sciencentre is free with Museum admission.