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.
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.
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.
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.