Explore balls, ramps, gears and cogs, inclined planes, screws, and pulleys to see and feel how these simple machines use mechanical advantage to accomplish a task. 

In this Exhibit

Gear Wall

Set things in motion with this magnetic wall. Create a gear train and watch special gears turn and spin in different directions.

Balls & Tracks

Create elaborate chain reactions, ball runs, pathways, and jumps with magnetic tracks and tubes. Race with another track or design creative pathways that travel around the corner connecting two walls.


Use gears to flap the wings of a model flying machine, inspired by the giant ornithopter that da Vinci designed to test human-powered flight.