One Tank Trip: Delaware Museum of Natural History


Enjoy the ride. You never know where it will take you, but you will know how you got there.

"'From Here to There' is all about the science of motion. It's about machinery. It's about movement," said Jennifer Acord from the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

"From Here to There" and everything in between is on display at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. It shows the different ways of moving. Call it sneak attack education. The kids have so much fun they don't even know they are learning.

A set of pneumatic tubes is the first stop. That's pneumatic with a "p". Pressurized air moves the balls.

Now, take this science from playtime to real life. Pneumatic tubes are used to suck garbage off the island of New York City. It's the same science you see at a bank's drive through. The exhibit answers kids' burning questions.

"You see a plane flying through the air. How does it stay up?" asks Acord.

This pink fabric wing shows you.

There are 12 interactive stations for you to lift, launch and levitate. In real life, a Maglev train levitates above the track like most do in Asia. The exhibit features a simplified version with magnets.

Often, throughout the exhibit, you'll hear a hum. It's hard to miss and it's coming from the corner where there's a hovercraft chair you can ride on. Blowers inside form a layer of pressurized air underneath it allow the hovercraft to float just above the surface.

You can always take the scenic route. Kids will learn it's the hot air rising that makes a hot air balloon go up. It takes a lot longer to get up there but the view is usually worth the wait.