Are your children future game developers, civil engineers in the making, or perhaps the next wave of spacial designers? Kids who love to build, create and design will enjoy the new exhibit opening tomorrow at the Museum of Discovery. Design Zone is a hands-on, interactive exhibit allowing visitors the opportunity to experiment with the processes and tools behind successful design. It’s a wonderful opportunity to combine science-based learning and weekend fun.
The exhibit, museum employees explain, “is organized into three thematic zones, all highlighting the importance of science and mathematical thinking in areas critical to building creativity and innovation: art, music, and engineering.” The Roller Coaster Hills helps children understand the behind-the-scenes design for roller coasters, exploring the relationship between hill height and distance traveled. Fast Tracks shows how designers create tracks so that the coaster travels at different speeds during different points in the ride. The giant magnet wall will even allow exhibit goers to test their own roller coaster design course!
If your child is a big fan of music, they’ll enjoy the Light Show DJ, an activity where participants put together laser light patterns to match the music and get people up and dancing. Other activities include building a skate park, working with balancing art, a marble maze and more. No doubt parents will enjoy these activities just as much as the kids.
Design Zone is presented at the Museum of Discovery through the Arkansas Discovery Network, a statewide museum consortium funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and will be on exhibit through December 2, 2012. Learn more at their webpage here.