Exhibits

Castle Workalot

They might be simple, but Simple Machines help us do work. Levers, pulleys, inclined planes, screws, wedges, and wheel and axles -- can you find them all? While you are here, see if you can get a ball to the finish using the Gravity Drop. Or you can have fun in the Play Kitchen. Did we mention there is a slide? Thanks to Caterpillar for creating and building Castle Workalot.

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Vet Clinic

If you love animals and you want to care for them when you grow up, then stop by the Vet Clinic to practice being a veterinarian. Use our X-ray Machine to diagnose your favorite pets and animals. We have penguins, a chameleon, cats, dogs, and a guinea pig that need the best treatment from the best veterinarian in town: YOU! This exhibit was donated by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Critter Corner

Have you met Rahl, the Leopard Gecko? What about Galatea, our 21-year-old Chilean Rose-Hair Tarantula? Well, they really want to meet you and introduce you to all of their friends. In the Critter Corner, you can meet Big Pete, Little Pete, and Buddy, the Bearded Dragons. Also, our friends Corny, the Corn Snake, and Windy, the Box Turtle, are our long-time reptilian residents. Shelby and Moe are our Aquatic Turtles. Finally, there are two species of giant Cockroaches, not to mention Luna and Sundance, our Halloween Moon Crabs.

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Dino Dig

Located outside in the Courtyard, you can find our Dino Dig. This exhibit is great for outdoor adventures and discoveries. If you get your shovel and bucket, maybe you too can find the Theropod Fossil buried beneath the sand. Or, you can learn about stratigraphy and the geologic timescale in our three-tiered Excavation Box designed and constructed by the Geology Graduate Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Archaeology Field Station

The Archaeology Field Station and Excavation Unit were designed and constructed by the Archaeology Student Society from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Heidikamp Construction in 2016.

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Water Flume

What's another popular item you have for sale or trade? Talk about it here in glowing, memorable terms so site visitors have to have it.

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SS. Ackermann Tugboat

What's another popular item you have for sale or trade? Talk about it here in glowing, memorable terms so site visitors have to have it.

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Orpheum Butterfly Garden

The Orpheum Butterfly Garden was conceptualized and built by the Entomology Graduate Student Association from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016.

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Pixel Wall

Pixels are everywhere: on your TV screens, computer monitors, and phone displays. An array of pixels make a picture, and you can use your own set of pixels to make your own image at the Pixel Wall.

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Air Maze

Students at the University Laboratory High School built the Air Maze in 2015.

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