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Energy Factory

Welcome to Energy Factory. Energy Factory is all about the science of energy. Explore energy transfer, invisible and visible light, solar energy and much much more. Learn how the sun can be used in many different ways, how energy can take many forms and some cool things you can do with magnets. Energy Factory is all about how we use energy and different ways we can improve that usage to keep our planet clean and healthy.




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Ball Refinery

Explore a refinery and learn how crude oil is separated into useful distillates. You begin with a mixture of different size particles (crude oil), and using our colorful refinery, you can separate the crude oil into heavy (asphalt), medium (gasoline) and light (kerosene) distillates. See how quickly you can turn crude oil into products that we use everyday.





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Magnets

Everything from radars, brakes and even roller coasters use magnets. Explore the different uses of magnets with something as simple as iron filings to Eddy currents. Use the unique properties of magnetic fields to build a bridge. For something more dynamic, try out our ring launcher: using a few simple concepts, instantaneously launch a ring up a pole with one push of a button.




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Solar Energy

The Sun is the brightest object in our sky, but have you ever considered just how important it is? This area will show you how some places rely on the Sun to give them energy and light. See how much of an impact you can make on our Solar Wall, and observe how some types of glass are used in different climates to maximize the use of Solar Energy. Up for some competition? Face your friends in the Solar Shoot-Out. See who can score the most points in the time limit, and remember to block that triple point square.



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Energy Transfer

Energy gets transferred between sources every day. Some of these exchanges happen right in front of us, and we often can’t see them. This area shows you some common, but often overlooked, energy transfers and some ways you can try them at home. Using the turntable, try to get one of the discs to stay upright for the longest. Or, see who can keep the lights on the longest.