Design Lab Activities

NEW: Enhance your field trip with a Design Lab Activity Session

Design Lab, a new permanent exhibition consisting of distinct “pods”, will allow students to engage in activities, experiments and challenges that provide a deeper understanding of engineering and the design process. Design Lab encourages students to look at the materials around them in new ways.

Each Explainer-led activity session runs 45 minutes (maximum of 32 students).
Fee: $125 per group (plus admission fees).

Available for Elementary through to High School.

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Elementary

 

Sandbox: Dowel Construction

Grades 1 – 2

Problem solving, structure, shape and teamwork.
Students build a stable structure out of 3-foot dowels using rubber bands as connectors.

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute session. Maximum 32 students.

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Studio: Happy City

Grades 2

Problem solving, electricity, circuits, conductivity.
Students create things that light up using simple construction materials (boxes, cardboard, tape, pipe cleaners) and electrical components (batteries, LEDs, motors, aluminum foil wires).

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute session. Maximum 32 students.

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Backstage: Shadow Puppets

Grades K – 2

Problem solving, geometry, light and shadow, mechanisms.
Students use index cards, brass fasteners and wooden sticks to create shadow puppets that move. As they design and test their puppets to achieve desired effects, students explore firsthand how light interacts with matter, it’s role in creating shadows, and how an object’s shadow is affected by the intensity and position of light in relation to both the object and the surface on which a shadow is cast.

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute session. Maximum 32 students.

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Elementary to High School

Sandbox: Dowel Construction

Grades 3 – 12

Problem solving, structure, shape, teamwork.
Students build large structures out of 3-foot dowels using rubber bands as connectors. They can build traditionally shaped “houses”, large geometric shapes, towers or sculptures. While they persevere to make their constructions stand, they discover that some shapes are stronger than others. Working in groups ensures that they need to communicate their ideas to others and coordinate toward achieving a common goal.

Activity fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute sessions. Maximum 32 students.

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Studio: Happy City

Grades 3 – 12

Problem solving, electricity, circuits, conductivity
Students examine a city model full of other visitors’ creations and imagine something they want to add in order to make the city a happier place. Using simple construction materials (boxes, cardboard, tape, pipe cleaners) and electrical components (batteries, LEDs, motors, aluminum foil wires), students can build individual things to add to the city and invent switches to control how things turn on and off.

Activity fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute sessions. Maximum 32 students.

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Backstage: Shadow Puppets

Grades 3 – 12

Problem solving, geometry, light and shadow, mechanisms
Students use index cards, brass fasteners and wooden sticks to create shadow puppets that move. Students may choose to work alone or in groups to make related puppets to perform a shadow play of their own making. As they design and test their puppets to achieve desired effects, students explore firsthand how light interacts with matter, it’s role in creating shadows, and how an object’s shadow is affected by the intensity and position of light in relation to both the object and the surface on which a shadow is cast. They also explore hinges and levers as they create joints on their puppet and try to control them in the performance of their story. The students’ creation of stories that go along with their project demonstrate how design thinking can foster the integration of STEM and language arts.

Activity fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute sessions. Maximum 32 students.

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