Make It Work

Exhibit on view: December 6, 2014 through October 11, 2015

Throughout history, simple machines have helped people do maritime-related tasks such as loading and unloading cargo, aiming naval cannon and raising and lowering anchors. Come aboard Make It Work! Discover how simple machines make maritime work easier.

  • Discover the efficiency of inclined planes by pulling cargo up gangplanks.
  • Experiment with different boat hull designs to see which one moves through a channel with the least resistance.
  • Aim heavy naval cannon with very little effort using this powerful lifting device.
  • Hoist a loaded wooden barrel with ease using a handcart.
  • Turn a capstan and imagine you are raising and lowering an anchor.
  • Use different pulley systems to determine their effectiveness in lifting heavy cargo.

In addition, discover historic objects from the Museum’s collection related to Wilmington’s boat and ship building history and make connections to simple machines. View maritime-related photographs from the Lower Cape Fear. Go on a simple machines scavenger hunt throughout the museum!

Cape Fear Museum offers a Simple Machines field trip that complements Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards. Call 910-798-4362 to make a reservation and make plans to tour the exhibit.

Make It Work is sponsored by Landfall Foundation. Since its inception in 1995, the foundation has raised and contributed over $3,000,000 to Wilmington non-profit organizations.

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382