The Akron Global Polymer Academy Works with Great Lakes Science Center to Help TapeScape Stick the Landing

12/21/2017

Pictured Left to Right: Valence Davillier, Great Lakes Science Center Vice President of Exhibits; Claire Dorsett, Great Lakes Science Center Exhibits Developer; and John Fellenstein, AGPA Content Specialist

Tunnels, nets, and tape: it’s TapeScape, an interactive exhibit made almost entirely from packing tape. Different TapeScape exhibits have been featured in several facilities since 2011, and now one is popping up in Cleveland at the Great Lakes Science Center with a little assistance from the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA).

Eric Lennartson is the mind and architect behind TapeScapes. The exhibits he designs feature structures such as slides, tunnels, and bridges, all built with a skeleton of steel pipe for support. But the tape is what does most of the work. The structures are designed with tension in mind, so the shapes are strong enough to allow running, jumping, and sliding. Lennartson compares their unusual strength to suspension bridges or spider webs. Most exhibits use tape from companies that have local headquarters, which means there is a chance that this particular TapeScape will be utilizing Duck Tape from the Avon-based company ShurTech.

The design work will likely be completed in January, and the exhibit itself should be constructed throughout April. While the fun will begin in May 2018, planning meetings are already in the works. Representatives from the science center, CPSPE, and the AGPA met this week to brainstorm and plan. CPSPE hopes to help make this exhibit a great hands-on way to explore the world of polymers and adhesives.

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