The Buffalo Museum of Science surely hit a home run with its new exhibit, “The Science of Sports.”
The exhibit is filled with a wide variety of sports-related science principles relating to golf, football, lacrosse, hockey and even a few aspects of cheerleading.
The Science Museum partnered with the Buffalo Sabres, Bandits, Bills, Bisons, UB Orthopaedics and New Era Cap to create a hands-on exhibit made for people who love sports, people who love science and everyone in between.
The exhibit is very interactive and fun. Visitors can throw a football through a tire, get timed in the 10-yard dash and see how quickly they can shoot a slapshot.
The Buffalo Sabres provided a Rapid Shot training system just like the one professional hockey players use in the First Niagara Center. This system measures the speed of your shot, accuracy and reflexes. There is also a Rapid Hands training system that simulates skating down the ice and having to keep your head up while you control the puck.
Another part of the exhibit deals with football. There visitors can test their grip, see how fast they can run, test their balance and see how accurate they are throwing a football. Wondering why a spiral is hard to catch? The science of it all is explained here. Nostalgia buffs will also see plenty of football memorabilia, including old board games, helmets and jerseys.
Also part of the exhibit is a putting green that explains about angles; a lacrosse shot simulator; and a row of markers to measure your vertical leap. Trivia fans (or museumgoers who want to take a break from all the action) can sit in the “Penalty Box” and try their luck at answering various sports questions offered from a scientific perspective.
In the planning stages for more than a year, “The Science of Sports” is a family friendly activity and offers hands-on fun for all ages. It will be on display through Jan. 6.
Wesley Watson is a sophomore at Lancaster High School.