At this exhibit, visitors are challenged to experiment with force and trajectory by aiming a nozzle and shooting balls at targets placed in a 50 ft. long enclosure. There are two "shooting stations" at one end of the Ball Range that use air pressure to shoot the balls. Visitors first place a ball in the launcher at the shooting station, then aim the launcher at a target. The launcher is adjustable in both a left-right and up-down direction, allowing the visitor to experiment with different trajectories. Once the visitor has chosen a target and aimed the nozzle, they launch the ball and observe the results of the path they chose. Repeated experimentation will help visitors grasp the connection between force and trajectory in moving objects.
The Ball Range itself is enclosed with netting to contain the balls at the activity. The floor of the Ball Range slopes down from the center, funneling the balls into an accessible trough that runs the length on both sides of the exhibit. Visitors can retrieve the balls from the trough and return them to the shooting stations to try again. Multiple targets will be placed inside the netting to provide goals for the visitors; the targets are moveable, so staff can change the positions to keep the experience challenging for returning visitors. An access door allows staff to enter the area as necessary.