Innovation Factory comprises 18 hands-on exhibits which let visitors experiment with simple machines—gears, cams, levers, pulleys, pneumatics, wheels or electric circuits—to discover how machines are used to create ingenious inventions.
Visitors can learn how robbers break into a safe by cranking a cam lock, use machines to generate an optical illusion, race a horse and a camel or play an electronic version of the timeless game paper, scissors, rock.
Innovation Factory is primarily targeted at children between 8 and 14 years old, however the topics covered vary in complexity to allow exploration from people of all ages.
Some of the exhibits visitors can expect to see include:
Crank the Engine – turn a handle and watch as pistons move up and down inside cylinders to turn the engine’s crankshaft below.
Electric Face – use different generators (batteries, power pack, solar cell or hand crank) to animate a cartoon face.
Gear Race – combine small, medium and large gears and turn a handle to race a toy camel and a toy horse along a track.
Innovation Factory was conceived, designed and built by Questacon.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Uni SA website.
What: Innovation Factory
When: Friday 18 December 2015 – Wednesday 17 February 2016 | Monday – Sunday, 9.00am – 5.00pm (closed 23 December 2015 – 3 January 2016)
Where: K2-08 – K2-11, Kaurna Building | UniSA City West campus, Adelaide (map shown above)
Who: 8-14 years old
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