TEAM Up! Explore Science and Sports

How fast is your fastball? Do different floor surfaces affect your athletic performance? How do you make a perfect bounce pass? These questions and many more are posed in the new traveling exhibition at the EcoTarium, kicking off on Saturday, January 28th through May 2023. “TEAM Up! Explore Science & Sports” is an exciting new hands-on exhibition that will give visitors an in-depth look at the many scientific principles necessary in athletics.

Children, families and groups alike are invited to check out the fun and fascination that is involved in becoming a winning athlete. Visitors will have opportunities to test their own skills in such sports as basketball, football, baseball, tennis, soccer and even extreme sports like snowboarding. At the same time guests will be amazed and educated at the level of science that is involved in sports. Children will learn principles of geometry, physics, force and friction in a way that is both intriguing and relative to their favorite sports.

  • Get in the Game allows visitors to play soccer or snowboard in a virtual reality system.
  • How Fast Was That Pitch helps aspiring pitchers measure the speed of their throw in the radar-equipped pitching booth.
  • Ricochet Racket lets you feel like a tennis pro as you shoot tennis balls at a giant racket, adjusting the angle of the racket face in an effort to hit a target.
  • Set Shot challenges visitors to analyze trajectories when shooting baskets.

Exhibit is included with admission.

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“TEAM Up! Explore Science & Sports” was developed by the Discovery Center Museum of Rockford, IL and the Family Museum of Arts and Science of Bettendorf, IA.

Sponsored by MEFA’s College Savings Plans