Balls, ramps, jumps, loops—and physics fun! Race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks and explore how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects. 

Five distinct activity areas—a Roller Coaster and Serpentine, Jump Track, Loop Track, Half-Pipe, and Dish—demonstrate the speed, trajectory, velocity, and momentum of moving objects. Using golf balls, kids and their adults can create experiments and compare results with data visualization software that captures multiple test runs. Animated definitions of key physics principles correspond to videos of real-world examples.

Love balls and ramps? Come experience Velocity! 

Velocity Engineering Lab will be located in the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery on the Museum's first floor from January 12 through June 9, 2019. 

Velocity Engineering Lab and and logo are trademarks of Betty Brinn Children's Museum. All rights reserved.

In this Exhibit

a two-level exhibit of ball ramps, one horizontal and serpentine, the other roller-coaster shaped
Roller-Coaster & Serpentine

Launch golf balls from a high level—by standing on the platform or using the ball elevator—through the roller-coaster and serpentine ball tracks, and see which ball finishes first!

a boy and a girl place golf balls at the top of the ramp of a jump track exhibit
Jump Track

Launch a golf ball on the sloped track and immediately identify its trajectory.

a young boy places a ball at the top of the ramp of a looped track
Loop Track

Launch a ball, see it travel through the loop, and get an instant display of the ball's acceleration. Where on the track do you predict it will accelerate fastest?

a boy rolls golf balls down the ramp of a half-pipe exhibit

Check out the different half-pipes to see how your ball travels on each. What differences do you predict?

a girl peers into a large dish exhibit that traces a ball's path with lights

Launch your ball and instantly see a display of its momentum and path.