Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences Presents K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides

Special Exhibit Demonstrates the Physics of Amusement Park Rides

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“We thought the idea of amusement park rides—one of our key areas of expertise—and the science powering them, was the perfect way to create a fun, exciting learning experience for kids,” said Maureen Kratz, K’NEX Exhibits Manager.

Hatfield, PA (PRWEB) May 30, 2012

What is the angular velocity of the Blender Ride as it spins about the center post? This is just one of many questions that the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences in Peoria, Illinois is answering in K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides, a special exhibit that captivates young visitors and provides them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides.

Joining forces with the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences, K’NEX Brands, one of the world’s leading integrated construction toy companies, is displaying models made solely from K’NEX rods and connectors. The exhibit includes 15 fully functioning amusement park rides featuring a roller coaster that measures more than 10 feet long and a 6 foot high Ferris wheel!

The realistic actions of the models bring scientific and engineering concepts to life for students, who can conduct simple experiments to explore physical forces such as potential and kinetic energy, and linear and rotational motion.

In addition to the exhibit Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences provides hands-on activities and K’NEX building areas for children ages 6 and up and KID K’NEX for youngsters ages 3-5. Happily, children don’t have to leave their on-site creations behind – instead, they can purchase their designs, with pricing based on a Weigh & Pay model (weight of total parts used at a predetermined price). The Lakeview Museum Store also has K’NEX sets on sale for aspiring young engineers and architects.

The relationship with Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences evolved from K’NEX’s 15 year-long success of the traveling exhibit program—offering fun, interactive exhibits that create hands-on K’NEX environment for kids and their parents.

“The feedback from parents, the kids and the museums was tremendous,” said Maureen Kratz, K’NEX Exhibits Manager. “We thought the idea of amusement park rides—one of our key areas of expertise—and the science powering them, was the perfect way to create a fun, exciting learning experience for kids.”

The K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides will be at the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences in Peoria, Illinois though the fall. For more information about the exhibit, please visit http://www.lakeview-museum.org. To learn about K’NEX Brands and the company’s thrill ride exhibit, please visit http://www.knexexhibits.com.

About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX seeks to build young minds with its exciting product line and critically acclaimed K’NEX Education program. For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com.


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