A Science Spin is a Hole-in-One in New York Hall of Science Rocket Park Mini Golf
Queens, N.Y. – Forget castles and motorized clowns – when the New York Hall of Science opens Rocket Park Mini Golf on June 20, players will need to use rocket science to make it through this miniature golf course.
With two real NASA rockets looming in the background, Rocket Park Mini Golf reveals that the same laws of motion and gravity that guide the path of a spaceship control the motion of golf balls here on Earth.
“Rocket Park Mini Golf provides opportunities for families to encounter fundamental laws of physics in the nine-hole course,” said Eric Siegel, NYSCI’s director and chief content officer.
The exhibition, designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, uses vibrant colors and graphics reminiscent of the 60s Space Age. "We really enjoyed the challenge of bringing 'rocket science' down to Earth in a way that would excite and delight people of all ages, even while they learned real physics!" said Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA and Principal of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership.
Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more as they putt their way the through nine holes:
Blast Off! – Visitors will be challenged to shoot their ball up an inclined ramp with just the right amount of velocity to "blast off" a model rocket up a gantry
Admission to Rocket Park Mini Golf is $6 for adults and $5 for children and seniors, plus general NYSCI admission. Member pricing is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.
Rocket Park Mini Golf is made possible with generous support from:
The Kupferberg Foundation; United States Department of Education; New York State Education Department; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Major operating and capital support is provided by New York City through the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Office of the Queens Borough President, and the New York City Council.
Design: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
Construction: Big Show Construction Management