A Hands-on Model of the Internet
Balls roll, and the workings of the Internet are revealed.
Data coming and going over the Internet, whether text or images, is
represented by a series of 0s and 1s. The series is divided into
small chunks called "packets." An array of 0s and 1s called an "IP
address," which represents the destination of the data is included
in the header of each packet. The Internet exchanges data by
delivering these packets from network to network. We have provided
white and black balls to represent the 0s and 1s in the packets. In
the exhibit, you can create your own packet of white and black balls
and release your packet onto the Internet.