Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry’s New Exhibit Reveals "Inside Story about Toys"

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) will present "Toys: The Inside Story," a temporary exhibit opening this month. The exhibit includes 12 different hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys, and lets visitors create their own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams and circuits. "Toys" will be at CML from June 22nd to September 8th, 2019.

“CML is excited to bring this exhibit, which combines STEAM education with objects we all know and love – toys – to engage visitors this summer in a very special learning-through-play experience,” Nichole Myles, executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, said. “We look forward to sharing this exhibition with Lowcountry families and those visiting the area.”

Many of the exhibits are free-form and open-ended: "Gears at Play" illustrates the effects of gear ratios as visitors figure out how to spin ballerinas and a carousel, while the "Jeepers Peepers" challenge at the pulley table may take a little experimentation to solve. "Jack Gets Out of His Box" gives visitors a close-up view of the cam combination that frees “Jack”, and unmasks the amazing collection of switches, cams, and motors that make Elmo® dance and Mr. Machine® run.

The exhibit was developed by the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vt., with funding from a National Science Foundation grant awarded to seven museums.

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