Monthly Archives: March 2015

Let’s Go Sailing Exhibit Opens at Great Lakes Children’s Museum

Today, the Great Lakes Children’s Museum opened a new exhibit entitled “Let’s Go Sailing” on the Discovery Center campus. The exhibit features a table with built-in fans to propel model “boats” that can actually sail upwind!  The boats are “printed” with a 3D printer, courtesy of Alpha 3D Professional, and fitted with 4 wheels that allow them to “track” on the table to demonstrate the lift created by the wind across the sail. Quantum Sails of Traverse City contributed to the exhibit by helping to design the boat. A video loop on a wall-mounted flat screen TV shows a continual loop of video clips of sailing action provided by Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS), another of the Discovery Center partner organizations that provides sailing instruction for area youth of all ages.