The Robert & Mary Galvin Physics Forest

After years in the making, The Robert & Mary Galvin Physics Forest is now open. This expansion offers 13 new and exciting hands-on exhibits created to inspire children to be the innovators and creators of tomorrow. From the bottle rocket, tennis ball launcher, and sun spotter, there are activities to touch, teach and ignite children’s love of science.



Bottle Rocket: Blast a plastic bottle into the air using water and air pressure.


Ball Bounce: Use momentum gained from gravitational acceleration to create an amazing transfer of energy.


Cool Fan: Transform your own physical energy into wind power by pushing a large capstan round and round. The capstan powers an overhead drive belt that connects the capstan to a large fan.


Roller Coaster: Construct a raceway and experiment with gravity, centripetal force and momentum.


Wheel Roll: Move weights on the wheel to convert potential energy into kinetic energy and race your wheel down the slope.



Giant Lever: A physics-based version of the classic “Tug-of-War” that demonstrates mechanical advantage in a fun, surprising way.

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Thank You


The Robert & Mary Galvin Physics Forest is made possible by gifts from:

  • California Cultural and Historical Endowment
  • Paul Galvin Memorial Trust
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Robert W. Galvin Foundation
  • The Ayrshire Foundation
  • The GGE Foundation
  • Tracy and Richard Hirrel
  • Avery Dennison Foundation
  • Parsons Corporation
  • Susan and Stephen Chandler
  • The Capital Group Charitable Foundation
  • H. Leslie and Elaine S. Hoffman Foundation
  • Ann and O'Malley Miller
  • Jennifer and Sean Murphy
  • Linda and John Seiter
  • Brenda and Frank Higgins
  • Nestle
  • Deborah and Schuyler Hollingsworth