Sports Challenge is temporarily closed for renovations and will reopen this fall.
Sports Challenge was one of the Institute’s most popular exhibits, having welcomed millions of visitors since it opened 15 years ago. The 3,600-square-foot space is closed to visitors and will be completely transformed to explore how sport connects the science of the human body, laws of motion, and technical innovation. After extensive prototyping and testing, the Institute’s renowned exhibit design team has created a range of interactives that are ready for fabrication. The new exhibit will feature a centerpiece called Athletes in Action, where you can race virtual competitors along a projected surface. The familiar pitching challenge will come back better than ever, teaching the secrets to throwing the perfect pitch. Learn the dynamics of splash as you drop different shapes into a tank to see how shape, angle, and stability affect their entry. Race bikes with differently sized gears on a hilly course and explore bike efficiency and compare energy output. Learn how much protection a football helmet actually provides, test how shaped skis provide greater control on a curved slope, and analyze the design of different shoes for track and field events. You’ll have a ball in our new sport science exhibit!
The reimagined sport science exhibit is made possible by Lead Underwriters James J. Maguire, Jr., the Maguire Foundation, and Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and by Associate Supporters William and Laura Buck, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Scheller, Jr., and the Dow Chemical Company.