See footage of the wind-induced 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Learn how the wind causes bridges to “flutter” and how this problem might be resolved through modern engineering. Create your very own bridge, choosing from truss, cable or suspension styles, or make a combination. On the north side of the Structures gallery, experience the end-result of bridge engineering for yourself by traveling through our Skybridge over Highway I-64 on your way to the Planetarium.
Make the tallest building you can with our foam skyscraper builder. Discover how different base isolators and tuned mass dampers help large buildings withstand earthquakes and high winds. You can even create simulated earthquakes to see which buildings remain standing.
Watch time-lapse footage of I-64 construction from the Skybridge over the highway. Little ones can play with roadways and bridges. Try your hand at construction with our excavator. Try using the controls to move the excavator!
Learn all about water and how its infrastructure is an essential element to supporting life as you know it. Step into the shoes of an engineer as you drive a robot through pipes to inspect their quality. Discover how much water you use daily and how it compares to others throughout the nation.
Structures Programs for Groups
The Science Center offers a wide variety of physical science-themed educational programs tailored to specific groups and audiences.
Structures is accessible to visitors with disabilities, as well as visitors with strollers, scooters, and walkers. Elevators and ramps serve all public areas.