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Labs and Gallery Connections

Lab: Physics of Roller Coasters

The TechTest Zone Gallery:
“Design a Roller Coaster”: Students use a computer program to design and then ride their own roller coaster, while further exploring the forces at play, including friction.

The Tech Exploration Gallery:
“Jet-Pack Simulator”: Students try to drive a chair in an environment of less friction, battling the forces of inertia and momentum to steer the chair properly.

The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery:
“From Math to Magic: Physics of Motion”: Students learn mathematics behind game design as they steer a virtual racer down a hill at top speed and reveal the underling physical forces at play.

Outside the Group Entrance on Park Avenue:
 “Science on a Roll” (kinetic ball machine): Students can witness an elaborate demonstration of energy in motion and the transfer of energy.

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater:
“Thrill Ride – The Science of Fun”: A white-knuckle adventure that puts your students in the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created. Exploring the science behind thrill seeking, the film traces the history of thrill rides, from roller coasters to motion simulator rides.

Lab: Chemicals of Innovation

The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery:
“Microchips”: Students see that silicon makes up microchips that power many Silicon Valley inventions.

The Tech Exploration Gallery:
“Harnessing Energy”: Students learn how solar panels use silicon to convert sunlight into electricity. Then they manipulate solar collectors to focus sunlight onto a solar cell and light up the tower.

Lab: Engineering for Earthquakes

The Tech Exploration Gallery:

“Earthquake Platform”: Students experience a simulation of real historical earthquakes, and test measuring tools of seismic activity. They can construct a building to see if it stays standing through the quake.

“Seismometers”: Students can make their own earthquake by tapping, stepping, or stomping near a seismometer, and gauge how strong an earthquake they create with their movement.

“Quake Watch”: Students view recent seismic activity in the Bay Area.

“Shake, Rattle, and Roll”: Students use computers to design a virtual building to put through an earthquake.

“Seismic Wave Lab”: Students reinforce buildings to withstand seismic waves and see how the reinforcements affect how the buildings react to the quake.

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater:
Forces of Nature: Students experience the ground shaking and other forces of nature. Follow scientists on groundbreaking quests to learn what triggers these natural disasters. See what’s done to predict and prepare for these events and minimize their destructive forces.

Lab: DNA and Genetics

The Tech Health and Biotech Gallery:
“Genetics: Technology with a Twist”: Students further explore many aspects of genetics as they can zoom in on a gene, from the cell down to the DNA, genetically engineer a jellyfish protein in our genetics wet lab, use a sequencing machine to track down a harmful mutation causing a genetic disorder, learn about gene therapy and how genetics has impacted people’s lives, see a physical simulation of a gene array to determine medical plans for a patient, get the impact of genes on traits like eye color and color blindness, make a speech or lead a protest for ethical genetics issues, and ask our Stanford gene scientist any genetics-related questions.

The Tech Awards Gallery:
“Guilty Until Proven Innocent”: Students see how a laureate of The Tech Awards uses DNA testing to reveal flaws in the criminal justice system, taking samples from crime scenes and suspects to prove innocence.

Lab: Green by Design

The Tech Exploration Gallery:
“Harnessing Energy”: Students work together to “power the tower” using renewable resources such as wind, water and solar power.

“View From Space”: Check out the NOAA Science on a Sphere and learn more about our Planet’s energy systems.

The Tech Awards Gallery:

“Super Moneymaker Pump”: Students see how a laureate of The Tech Awards designed a human-powered stair-stepping device that serves as a low-cost water pump and allows famers to increase their crop yield.

“Barefoot Brilliance”: Students see how a laureate of The Tech Awards leverages solar technology and teaches women to make use of solar energy instead of fuel for light so people can go to school at night.

“Stay Tuned”: Students see how a laureate of The Tech Awards designed wind-up and solar-powered radios to eliminate the need for costly batteries and provide news and education to all.

The Tech Health and Biotech Gallery:
“Human Powered Vehicles”: Students learn how to design human powered vehicles and help lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.

Lab: Simplicity of Electricity

The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery:
“Silicon Workshop”: Students design a circuit to connect sensors and toys. They use logic statements to program Mr. Potato Head to perform different tasks and connect inputs and outputs to control a toy car.

“Microchips”: Students make the connection to the electricity that powers computers.

The Tech Exploration Gallery:
“Harnessing Energy”: Students work together to “power the tower” using electricity generated by renewable resources such as wind, water, and solar power.

The Tech Exploration Gallery:

“Seismometer”: Students learn how an electrical current is created in a seismometer to measure how far and how fast the earth moves during an earthquake.

Outside the Group Entrance on Park Avenue:
“Science on a Roll” (kinetic ball machine): Students can study the principles of a closed circuit by watching the machine’s balls travel through the machine repeatedly.