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Ducati opens its Physics lab to the general public

Ducati opens its Physics lab t...
The final room of the Fisika in Moto is called the MotoGP of Physics and is decorated accordingly 
The final room of the Fisika in Moto is called the MotoGP of Physics and is decorated accordingly 
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The second room in Ducati's Fisika in Moto laboratory contains an experiment where two chairs on a very low friction surface illustrate Newton's third law, that says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
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The second room in Ducati's Fisika in Moto laboratory contains an experiment where two chairs on a very low friction surface illustrate Newton's third law, that says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
The Fisika in Moto lab's first room is where the visitor delves into the main physical laws that are used to design a Ducati engine
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The Fisika in Moto lab's first room is where the visitor delves into the main physical laws that are used to design a Ducati engine
The final room of the Fisika in Moto is called the MotoGP of Physics and is decorated accordingly 
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The final room of the Fisika in Moto is called the MotoGP of Physics and is decorated accordingly 
The first room in Ducati's Fisika in Moto workshop is where visitors are acquainted with basic concepts of physics, such as force and torque, friction, momentum and elastic force
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The first room in Ducati's Fisika in Moto workshop is where visitors are acquainted with basic concepts of physics, such as force and torque, friction, momentum and elastic force
The third and final section of the Fisika in Moto includes four workstations purpose-made by Ducati to illustrate the physical principles that allow a motorcycle to go fast
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The third and final section of the Fisika in Moto includes four workstations purpose-made by Ducati to illustrate the physical principles that allow a motorcycle to go fast
Four experiments in the second room of the Fisika in Moto workshop explain issues like the difference between mass and weight, Newton's laws and the conservation of angular momentum
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Four experiments in the second room of the Fisika in Moto workshop explain issues like the difference between mass and weight, Newton's laws and the conservation of angular momentum
The experiment in the second room of the Fisika in Moto lab is designed to demonstrate what angular speed and momentum is, and which physical parameters affect it
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The experiment in the second room of the Fisika in Moto lab is designed to demonstrate what angular speed and momentum is, and which physical parameters affect it
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Since 2008 the Fisika in Moto laboratory has been educating students on how the strict equations of physics they learn at school are applied in motorcycle design. Now for the first time, its guided tours are open to everyone, offered in daily package deals with the Ducati museum and factory visit.

The Fondazione Ducati is a pivotal component of the Italian company, managing a wide array of activities that range from non-profit social and cultural initiatives, to running the Ducati Museum and the School of Restoration. In 2008, its activities spread to include the Fisika in Moto (Motorcycle Physics) lab, an interactive workshop developed with the collaboration of the Malpighi High School of Bologna, designed to bridge the scientific knowledge taught in schools with its real-world applications.

Throughout the first decade of its life, the lab had been accessible only to school groups by appointment, but this is about to change. As of April 28, the lab will open its gates to the public, offering guided two-hour tours every day in both Italian and English.

The Fisika in Moto workshop is situated inside Ducati's historic headquarters in Borgo Panigale, it includes three separate thematic rooms and uses intuitive experiments and group competitions to explain each principle.

The experiment in the second room of the Fisika in Moto lab is designed to demonstrate what angular speed and momentum is, and which physical parameters affect it
The experiment in the second room of the Fisika in Moto lab is designed to demonstrate what angular speed and momentum is, and which physical parameters affect it

The first room introduces the visitors to the Ducati motor and illustrates the physical basis of engine design, then the tour moves to the second room where four experiments investigate the physical mechanisms that govern motorcycle dynamics. The final room is what Ducati calls the MotoGP of Physics and it consists of four interactive workstations that lead the participants to discover how to make a motorcycle go fast.

Visiting the lab still requires booking ahead, but finding open dates shouldn't be that hard, as the schedule includes four tours every Saturday and Sunday during the school season (October to June), and three scheduled tours every working day of the week - except for Wednesdays – from July to September.

Admission to the Fisika in Moto lab is possible only with a ticket to the museum, costing in total €30 (around US$36) per person; adding a factory tour raises the cost up to €45 ($54).

Take a short virtual tour of the lab in the following video.

Source: Ducati

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1 comment
ljaques
Too bad that's not free and online. It might be better than all 163 of the US programs to get kids into STEM programs.