The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
The Lawrence is getting ready to re-open. We’ll see you on October 30th!
For over 50 years, The Lawrence Hall of Science has been at the forefront of science education.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
In our Fly High exhibit, test your ability to design an object that can hover on our hover table and fly in our wind tubes. Watch as balls and other objects appear to levitate over the Bernoulli table.
How do you design an object that can hover without falling off the table? What about an object that hovers at different heights? Can you make it spin while hovering?
During your design process, consider Newton’s Third Law—“for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When air pushes something, that thing pushes back. Scientists must consider these gravitational forces when launching, moving, or landing an object like a parachute or a rocket ship.
How can you use the idea of balancing forces to control the movement of your object on the hover table or in the wind tube? Find out in Fly High.