Saturday, October 15, 2005

Flip...Out!

Before I moved to Israel, I was working on an exhibit produced by the NC Museum of Life and Science that was funded by the National Science Foundation. It's called Flip It, Fold It, Figure It Out! You can read more about the exhibit HERE. The pictures on the link are of the prototypes. Some actual exhibit photos are below (thanks, Carol!).

This area is all about volume measurement experimentation. There are different sizes of cylinders and other geometric objects placed in the red tubs. Visitors use small plastic pellets to fill the objects and make comparisons. One tub is for free exploration and is at a lower level for younger visitors. The two red tubs on the left and center are more structured experiments for older visitors.


At this station visitors illuminate an everyday household mystery object hidden inside the teal boxes behind the white circles. Visitors use a button to light three shadow projections (one at a time) on the white circles and try to guess what is inside.


Here visitors are presented with a variety of holes of interesting shapes. There's a circle, square, cross, and triangle. On the tray to the left are various "key" shapes. Of of the keys will fit easily through all of the holes. Visitors try to figure out which key works with all of the holes.


At this module, visitors play with mirrors to create patterns and experiment with symmetry.


The ideas of pattern and symmetry are reflected in many crafts. Here a quilt highlights patterns in everyday life. Visitors can make their own quilt using fabric tiles at a nearby table.




These two photos show the origami station. There is a computer that illustrates how to make various origami figures. There is also a tactile step-by-step model of how to make a simple origami cup. Paper is available for visitors to use.

1 Comments:

At 10/19/2005 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, thanks for linking to ASTC! Wendy H @ ASTC (we met at your last advisors meeting) :)

 

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