Exhibit Made Entirely of Tape Opens at Museum of Discovery
With Christmas just around the corner, you're probably using packing tape for sending packages and wrapping gifts. But at the Museum of Discovery, they're stretching the material to its limits in the new temporary exhibit, "Tape & Tunnels."
"Tape & Tunnels" is a series of interconnected tunnels and slides that guests of all ages can explore, climb, crawl and slide through. The tape tunnels are suspension bridges built with a skeleton of steel pipe for support and layers of ordinary, clear packing tape are stretched between them.
The exhibit is a great way to demonstrate STEM principles: the curve of the tunnel is called a catenary - the same shape used in regular suspension bridges. The tape tunnels can hold more than 500 pounds per linear foot.
Guests can climb, crawl and slide through the exhibit from Nov. 19, 2018-March 24, 2019. Entrance to "Tape & Tunnels" is included in regular admission: $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and younger.
For more information, visit the museum's website or call 501-396-7050. And, for more fun ways to introduce STEM concepts to your kids, check out this article from the November issue of Little Rock Family.