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The Assignment

Take a stack of exhibit ideas dreamt up by the Education staff, and turn them into an exhibit in one year, on a tight budget.  The exhibit must be movable so that the exhibit hall can be used for large rental events.

Results

Science & Main is one of the most popular exhibits at the Museum, and was achieved at a fraction of the cost of most other exhibits in the museum.

Marble4
The Explora-inspired marble wall is adapted for MSC's needs: large plastic balls instead of marbles, and more durable components.
Marble 1
A photo of the marble wall shortly after opening. I added rubber edge-protectors and replaced the wooden pegs with plastic.
Test title 1
The bicycle gearing activity allowing visitors to compare the differences in gear ratios.
PaperAirplaneInstructions
Instructions for the paper airplane launcher
OverviewRear
We prototyped and tested the paper airplane launcher to determine the best layout for the paper airplane activity.
ControlTower
A view of the airport control tower with launchers in the background
IMG_20170305_142052
The 'Food fight' catapult. The device is quite precise: if you determine the correct variable to hit a given target, you will hit it reliably with those variables.
BlockCreation2
Some visitor creations
BlockCreation
More visitor creations
BikeShopDetail2
Details of the modular facades. They were built to be assembled and disassembled with a 2-person crew.
Bike Shop
A view of the bike gearing activity and the bike shop facade.
Facades
Look and Feel Rendering vC WEB
Initial concept rendering
Overview Rendering v2 WEB copy
Revised concept rendering, after construction methods and components were refined, Science & Main.
Music Ideation - Construction Details copy
Styling detail, which informed the construction methods.
Graphic Standards
Graphic standards
Final Logos
Logos, desiged by intern Qian Zeng

Sub-Projects

View these projects in more detail:

Drop Tower
Pipe Organ

Roles

I was hired to serve as a one-man Exhibit Design and Fabrication department.  I worked closely with the Education, Facilities, and Marketing departments to get the project done.  I also recruited, trained, and organized volunteers from the community, and interns from MICA.

Other Contributors/ Collaborators / Conspirators

While I coordinated and completed much of the design fabrication on this project, there were dozens of other museum staff, interns, advisors, and volunteers that were integral to the project’s success.

Interns

Cole Pritchard
Cait May
Qian Zeng
Kelsey Hunter
Sofia Maranto

Advisors

Karl Palm
David M Storey Inc Pipe Organ Builders
George Moran
CK Wong
Franklin Institute Exhibit Team

Volunteers

Karl Palm
Kevin Johnson
Mark LoPresto
Terry Nixon
Tom Riley

Location

Maryland Science Center, Baltimore MD

Completion Date

2016