TapeScape-Sticky Science Open now to September 3!
TapeScape-Sticky Science is an exhibition unlike any the Science Center has presented before! Everyone is familiar with the unmistakable shrrrrrrrriiiippp sound that tape makes as it’s coming off the roll, but there’s more to this everyday material than you ever imagined!
If your summer has not yet included a visit to this unique, hands-on experience, you are in luck! TapeScape-Sticky Science is open through September 3, and access is included with general admission to the Science Center. Buy your family’s tickets online here and save!
But what exactly is a TapeScape? It’s nearly 75 miles of regular ol’ household packing tape stretched, layered and engineered into a two-level, 1,300-square-foot, all-ages playground strong enough for kids and adults to climb on and explore! That’s enough tape to stretch from downtown Cleveland all the way to Youngstown!
TapeScape designer Eric Lennartson, of Minnesota, harnesses the tensile strength of tape – or its ability to stretch under stress – to design unique, multisensory installations, or TapeScapes. He’s built these structures around the world, from Australia to Dubai, but the Science Center’s is the largest one yet, and his first in Ohio!
Surrounding the actual TapeScape structure are multiple hands-on exhibits exploring “Sticky Science” from adhesives to polymers and even examples of adhesion in nature. Using everything from Velcro to Oreo cookie models, and suction cups to bristle blocks, guests discover the physical and chemical processes that contribute to “stickiness” by:
- Using a pinscreen to investigate how geckos cling to glass.
- Exploring the ways science draws inspiration from nature through biomimicry.
- Turning a device to compare viscosity levels in different liquids.
- Looking through a polariscope to view rainbows of stress in clear tape’s backing, and assembling a puzzle that appears clear to the naked eye.
- Observing the way Velcro hooks mimic plant burrs, and learning how science looks to nature for innovative solutions to everyday problems.
- Pulling apart Oreo cookie models to learn about adhesion versus cohesion.
- Discovering how sticky tape can turn frosted glass clear.
- Getting creative at a maker’s station that invites guests to get their hands on more than 11 miles of duct tape in a range of colors and designs.