“Hot Wheels Race to Win” at Discovery Park of America

Aug. 30, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020.

Racing fans know a lot about their sport—the cars, the drivers, the owners, the teams. But each race is the end point of a long process of design, development, testing and re-testing of cutting-edge technology that results in the fastest, safest and most precisely engineered vehicles in the world.

This exhibit coming to DPA in Aug. 2019 explores the behind-the-scenes process that race fans, young and old, may never have encountered before. Guests will experience a dynamic testing environment participating in a quest for cars of record-breaking speed, precision and design.

In addition to being fun and immersive, the exhibit also supports STEM learning goals and provides rich opportunities for learning as students discuss and experiment with all aspects of racing design.

Teachers and Parents: Download the Educator’s Guide for “Hot Wheels: Race to Win” for help with STEM concepts, big ideas and main messages for this exhibit.

Key STEM concepts presented in the exhibit:

Engineering/Design Engine Physics
• Car body design/aerodynamics
• Track design/drag and friction
• Mechanical Function
• Defining combustion and identifying units of measure for power
Physics of Motion Mathematics
• Drag and friction
• Lift/drag/downforce
• Newton‘s laws
• Acceleration
• Speed/curve calculation for cars on track
• Timing calculation for cars maneuvering on track

“Astronaut” at Discovery Park of America

Jan. 17 – May 3, 2020

There’s no other job where you can find yourself quite as far above the Earth as that of an astronaut. From the Moon landings to the Mars One project to the Space Shuttle, astronauts have become synonymous with adventure, exploration and endeavor. Through hands-on and full-body displays, this STEM-focused science exhibition investigates the reality of what it takes to be a space explorer. Twenty-six stations relay the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity on the human body and the technology used to complete a mission. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sleep, eat and shower in space, “Astronaut” gives you the opportunity to find out.

The exhibition also focuses on teamwork, problem solving, accurately performing tasks and overcoming challenges such as communicating with mission control, monitoring damage to your space craft or landing a capsule. You will leave the exhibit having discovered what it takes to be an astronaut and having experienced first-hand the science of space exploration.

Students: $4.95
Adults and members: $6.95

Check out the school and visitor’s guide.