The Science of Sticky
Spiders crawl up walls. Flies sit on walls. Geckos climb up walls. What makes
these creatures able to scale shear surfaces without falling off? WeÕve come
a long way since Velcro. YouÕll take an up close look at the hand and feet
of these creatures and see itÕs not slime, ooze or goo keeping them from
falling off. ItÕs just plain old hair. Feel up for a bigger challenge?
Put on the Gecko Suit and crawl around on our sixty degree wall. See if
you can reach the top! The Fly on the Wall room will have you launching
into the air on a rope swing trying to stick to the wall on the other side.
Just remember to let go of the rope!
But itÕs not just critters that can stick to things. Chemical engineering has
created hundreds of substances that when you apply it between two items, theyÕre
never coming apart! YouÕll take a look at history of bonding agents starting
with basic mortar all the way through modern complex epoxies. You can even
mix up your own batch of SuperStick in our virtual chemistry lab. YouÕll mix
up the glue and then stick a 5 pound, 50 pound, 200 pound or 1000 pound box
to the ceiling. See who can create strongest batch of SuperStick and keep it
up there the longest!