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AirPlay: Sailboats
AirPlay: Sailboats
Photo by Scott M. Fisher
AirPlay
You can't see it, and you can't always feel it, but the movement of air affects us and our surroundings all the time. AirPlay is a set of highly interactive exhibits that allow visitors to develop an intuitive understanding of how air moves, how moving air affects objects in its path, and how, in turn, objects affect the movement of air. The exhibition is specifically designed to foster interaction among family members and groups of peers, and to allow visitors to make discoveries about air both in active and subtle ways.

Ten exhibits provide a variety of experiences. Air blowers propel bright yellow foam balls through air mazes; an anaconda-length section of transparent hose provides a tube tunnel to demonstrate how air moves through tubing, angles, and tees; model sailboats move along a tabletop, driven by the force from a bank of fans; and an air cannon shoots a puff of air all the way across a room.

Visitors can paint a wall of fluttering "shimmer disks" with a spray of air, and race balls through paths of two different shapes to see the effects of turbulence. Where does the air in a vacuum cleaner go? Visitors make discoveries about how objects are picked up in an air stream and balance objects on multiple streams of air. Finally, Ned Kahn's Aeolian Landscape provides a quiet place for extended observations of how moving air can sculpt a landscape.

AirPlay: Ball Floaters
AirPlay: Ball Floaters
Photo by Scott M. Fisher
AirPlay was developed by the Montshire Museum of Science, in Norwich, Vermont, as part of the TEAMS (Traveling Exhibits at Museums of Science) Collaborative, with funding from
the National Science Foundation.








Components Requirements Cost Shipping
Fluttering Fabric
Sailboats
Ball Floaters
Air Cannon
Aeolian Landscape
Air Race
Fluid Flow
Air in, Air Out
Tube Tunnels
Air Maze
1,500 square feet

9' ceilings

Two 20-amp circuits
$12,000 member;
$14,000 nonmember
for a 12-week booking
One van

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