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The Big Lab is just that - BIG! Approximately 32,000 square feet of space are utilized to do hands-on science. Several years of effort went into creating this inquiry space for investigation and learning. Four main areas, each with a different scientific focus, make up this lab:

Exploration Grove
Exploration Grove Students learn about ecology and earth science in this green area. Ladybugs make the grove's bamboo garden their home in the spring and a pond in the center is full of fish and other living creatures. The Exploration Grove gives a sense of tranquility, away from the outside world, as it is surrounded by natural growth.


Water WorksBoys at the Pool
In this amazing pool of water, students can conduct their own water orchestra with water pumps that
create fountain effects. At the same time, students learn how water moves.

Students also can discover how objects move through water as well as basic design and experimentation with the Big Lab's large fans and armada of miniature sailboats.

Fun Fact: There are 8,997 gallons of water in the Water Works pool.

Fun Fact: To create the fountain water effects, there are 4 small pumps, 2 large pumps, 2 jumping jets, and 2 water lamps to illuminate the water in the dark.


Mega Tower
Learning at the Tower
Students can conduct physics experiments from a very tall tower by dropping balls, water balloons, parachutes, eggs, and other objects.

Fun Fact: The Mega Tower is 29 ft, 10 in.


Giant Wall
Girl Creates a Rollercoaster Experiment
In the hole-filled lower portion of the wall students can build structures, create mini-roller coasters, attach small launchers or use their imaginations to construct any number of tools to explore physical science and engineering. Discover the way things move and how gravity affects movement.

The upper portion of the wall is made up of thousands of metallic tiles to test the effects of wind energy. Fans on each side of the wall blow into the shimmering tiles to create interesting ripple patterns.

In the center of the wall, a multimedia presentation area is available for young science investigators to present their findings.

Fun Fact: There are a whopping 1,500 holes in the Giant Wall.


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