Mary Tran: Inside the New Hot Wheels: Race to Win Exhibit @DiscoveryCubeOC #discoverycubemoms
Hot Wheels Fans, start your engines and race over to Discovery Cube OC to learn all about the engineering and behind-the-scenes of fast cars, and why Hot Wheels is still popular for generations to come. For example, Hot Wheels don’t have engines so how can you move a car without an engine? It’s all in the design! Boosters and launchers add speed to the cars. They also compare the different sound of race cars. (The faster the engine spins, the higher the pitch.)
This interactive exhibit is broken up into colored zones:
- Explore engines and power in the Yellow Zone,
- Refine your motorsport design in the Blue Zone,
- Examine the safety technology of racing in the Red Zone, and
- Meet your need for speed in the Green Zone.
RACE SAFETY: Learn the physics in head restraint devices to keep the head safe in a crash. Racing helmets have changed from leather with goggles to fire-proof helmets, visors, and debris-reflecting hard shell. It also features how do drivers stay safe in an accident.
PIT STOP CHALLENGE: Race against the clock to jack up the car, change tires, and gas up in this team challenge.
DESIGN: Race Car designs have changed over the years. They use light weight materials like Carbon Fiber Fabric because it’s 5 times stronger than steel and weighs a lot less.
TEST: Test theories by experimenting with a six lane downhill speed track, booster power track, adjustable angles track, and timing track.
For Media Preview night, Hot Wheels’ Head Designer Alton made a special appearance and taught a Mattel Design Class. The most important thing to remember about drawing a race car is to add personality to it. What a special treat!
My boys loved it! Those are just a few things found in the Hot Wheels exhibit for hours of fun. You can also check out floor models of real race cars. My boys have been asking to go back so I’ll have to find another opportunity to take them.
Hot Wheels Products found in the Discovery Cube OC Store.
This blog post was written by and all the photos are by Mary Tran. You can read her blog, Let’s Play OC, here.