Bryce Edwards with his interactive educational exhibits in the nature center

On the afternoon of December 12, Bryce Edwards with his parents delivered three interactive learning exhibits for visitors to the observatory that he coordinated the development of for his eagle scout project. For this project, he created a set of gravitational well simulators (pictured in foreground) to help visitors learn about orbital mechanics. Bryce worked with partners at Snap-on and Milwaukee School of Engineering to create a small mechanical solar system model (pictured on left), and he built a rolling ramp (pictured on right) to demonstrate how the mass of an object does not affect its acceleration due to gravity toward Earth as well as how same-sized objects can have very different masses. To celebrate his achievement, many scout leaders and collaborators came out to attend the official handover. We are excited to use these to help visitors connect more deeply with the universe!