Science under the big top

July 8, 2011 1:56:32 PM PDT
This circus is a little different. You're guaranteed to learn something while you're having fun.

It's called science under the big top and it's the latest attraction at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.

From gravity to elasticity, this circus will give you a hidden lesson in science.

Salman Ahmad is one of many college students working at the museum to explain the exhibits.

"Everything here is hands on. The kids here have a great time. At the same time, a lot of the exhibits we have us here on the floor help show the science - get them interested in a couple things they can ask in school," Ahmad said.

A human cannonball simulator teaches kids about projectile motion.

"The more air pressure you give it, the more it goes," Ahmad said

Maxim Wang, 7, flew across the tight rope, then gave me a quick lesson on balance.

Last but not least, check out the sideshow tent - you can learn how to bend bars, and be a contortionist and learn what happens if you swallowed a sword

The circus exhibit will only be in town until September 4.

By the way for the parents who want to try it also, there's no age limit, but there are height and weight requirements.

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