Find out more about the science and technology in the Air Pavilion and explore fun Air activities you can do at home or school.
- Make an Anemometer
- Make a Balloon Rocket Launcher
- Make a Convection Spiral
- Watch a video about Hot Air Balloons
- Watch a video about Rockets
- Make some Ear Gongs
Fun fact: The Guinness Book Of World Records states that the largest wind turbine in the world is 260 metres high – that’s as high as 58 double decker buses! WOW. It produces 288 megawatt-hours a day, and one rotation of it’s blades would power a home for 2 days.
Measure the speed of wind by making your own anemometer- click HERE:
Fun fact: Amelia Earhart was the first person to fly solo across the Pacific in 1935 – during the 2,408-mile flight she enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate. Yum!
To make your own balloon rocket launcher click HERE:
Fun fact: The United States is where most of the world’s tornadoes occur. In a place commonly called Tornado Alley there can be over 200 tornadoes each year! 17 Million people live here… How dangerous!
To make your own convection spiral click HERE:
Fun fact: The first successful airship was constructed by Frenchman Henri Giffard in 1852. His hydrogen-filled blimp carried a three-horsepower steam engine that turned a large propeller and flew at a speed of 6 miles per hour – the world record for the fastest human was Usain Bolt running at 27.33 miles per hour.
Fun fact: The first rockets were invented in the 1200’s in China and were used for fireworks. The first person in space was Yuri Gararin in 1961. At 200 miles high he circled the earth once, famously saying “The earth is blue”.
Fun fact: The three bones in our ear that help us to hear sound are called the hammer, anvil and stirrup. They are the smallest bones in our body – all three could fit inside a pea!
To investigate how sound travels click HERE: