SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has a new exhibit to teach visitors about the science behind circus acts.

CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top features twenty multi-station interactive exhibits that delve into everything from clown makeup to the art of contortion to animal communication. The family-friendly exhibition lets visitors of all ages explore the science behind the spectacle while learning the tricks of the sword swallower, uncovering the illusion of the flea circus, discovering the psychology of common circus sounds and more.

Every feature of CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top is designed to teach visitors about science in a fun, interactive way. Other exhibits with strong visual appeal are the Balance Bar, where visitors can test how their center of gravity works, and The Feats of Strength exhibit, which shows how leverage, compression and tension are used to do the seemingly impossible. Visitors can also experience the science and math involved in juggling, acrobatics and The Human Cannonball.

CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top was developed by the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It will be featured at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center May 1 through September 7, 2015.