Lights, sound, action! Have fun and get physical with physics. From a shadow tunnel to a bike generator and a tricky light stick, there’s more than meets the eye in our Science Arcade.
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Watch this Science Centre demo to shed some light on how our plasma ball works.
Try colour mixing to explore another spectrum of Science Arcade physics.
Experience the Stroop Effect again anytime. Are your friends and family up to the challenge?
Listen to a podcast that debates the question: Are electric cars really greener than Gertrude, our steam locomotive?
See if this optical illusion fools your eyes and brain as much as those in our Science Arcade.
Explore some more cool physics in just 60 seconds.
Discover the sound science behind making music in our Science Arcade.
Driver Reaction Test
Sit in the driver's seat and step on the accelerator. How long does it take to hit the brake when the stop sign flashes? Find out what factors affect reaction time and compare your time with others.
Trigger bolts of coloured light at the touch of your fingertips! Explore plasma, the fourth state of matter and the source of phenomena such as lightning, sunspots and the Northern Lights.
Discover how difficult it is to trace a star with a pen by looking at its reflection in a mirror. Are behaviours involving hand-eye coordination as hard to unlearn as they are to learn?
How do you make invisible magnetic field lines visible? Watch for patterns in the way small magnets follow the large magnet.
How quickly can you say the colours of the words, not the colours that they spell?. It's not so easy, due to "interference" – the struggle by your brain to focus on something other than a word’s meaning.
Explore the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago and create your own sound and beat playing an array of steelpans. Did you know that babies are born with a good sense of rhythm?
Experience forces beyond your control when you try to make two jumbo magnets meet. Did you know that Earth itself, with its core of iron and nickel, is like a giant magnet?
Law of Levers
Calculate your weight by balancing on a large lever. Explore how exerting a small force on one end of a lever can result in a much larger force, depending on how far away the fulcrum is.
"Gertrude" the Locomotive
This 1908 railway locomotive used steam power to transport slate from a Welsh quarry. Did you know that the first locomotive to steam into Vancouver was Canadian Pacific No. 374 in 1887?