WOOD you like to know a secret? You see a two-story tree house and other backyard staples. We see simple machines at work during play. Simple machines affect your life on a daily basis, whether you realize it or not. Explore the indigenous animals of Oklahoma. From sporting equipment to gum, you’ll be amazed at the items made from trees. Get to the ROOT of it!
“Give me someplace to stand, and I will move the Earth.” –Archimedes
Archimedes’ Screw is the museum's first giant spiral slide (our newest is located in CurioCity)!
Fun Fact: It took more than 13,000 nuts, bolts and screws to support the half-ton slide.
In science, work is defined as a force acting on an object to move it across a distance, or W (work) = F (force) x d (distance). The six simple machines: pulley, lever, wedge, wheel/axle, inclined plane and screw were created to make work easier. Ancient civilizations used these machines to increase their chances of survival, such as finding new ways to transport water, move heavy objects, hunt, cook and even build the Egyptian pyramids.
Even today, simple machines are a vital part of our lives! Think about opening a door, driving on a ramp, turning on a water faucet, going up stairs, riding a bicycle and mowing the lawn. What simple machines make these actions possible?
Explore the art of simple machines in your own backyard.
The Champion Shumard Oak on display was born circa 1850 and was alive during the 1891 Land Run. Tragically, the tree died in 2001 after it was struck by lightning.