Here is a pretty cool thing in Sioux Falls. The local arts and sciences center had a big platform and lever built. They stuck a car on the platform and a rope on the other end of the lever, which is about 40 feet long.
Kids visiting the center can pull on the rope and actually lift the car about a foot off the ground. There’s a little display next to it that explains the physics behind levers and how this has improved life through the ages.
I drive past this display to and from work (that’s my maroon Accord parked in the background behind the leaf), and you should see the line at the rope when there’s a field trip to the center — dozens of kids wait in line to do this, and the smiles on their faces when the car comes off the ground are pretty priceless.
I want to give some recognition to the two companies that donated this: Bell Incorporated, who built the structure, and Billion Automotive, who is rotating a brand new Scion onto the platform once a week or so. It’s nice to see local companies step up to an educational project like this that kids get pretty excited about.