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The National Physical Laboratory

What are the standards by which we use to measure length, weight, mass etc? The National Physics Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute, a world-leading scientific centre developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. These standards underpin the National Measurement System infrastructure throughout the UK and the world to ensures accuracy and consistency of measurement. We worked with NPL to create an interactive exhibition interpreting the seven SI base units. The ampere (A) – unit of measurement of electric current The kilogram (kg) – unit of measurement of mass The metre (m) – unit of measurement of length The second (s) – unit Read more

The Sun Spot

The sun as a renewable source of energy is the focus of this exhibition. The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science already makes full use of its energy with a rooftop solar farm. Located on the sixth floor terrace overlooking downtown Miami, the Sun Spot exhibition invites visitors to experience the power of the sun to see how it can be converted into electricity. The exhibits had to be built to withstand the all weather conditions and fit into the existing design scheme. “The Sun Spot provides a compelling approach to help everyone understand the potential of solar energy. From pedal power to human-sized sundials, this exhibit features more Read more

Blink Comparator

Working with designers HKD, we created one of these historical astronomical devices for the Hong-Kong Space Museum. A blink comparator was a viewing apparatus used by astronomers to find differences between two photographs of the night sky. It permitted the switching, or ”blinking" back and forth between two photos taken of the same area of the sky at different times. In photographs taken a few days apart, rapidly moving objects such as asteroids and comets would stand out, because they would appear to be jumping back and forth between two positions, while all the other fixed stars stood still. Photographs taken at longer intervals could be used to detect stars Read more

The Climate Challenge exhibition

We created two large exhibits for the Science Centre of Northern Norway’s new Climate gallery. The Climate Challenge exhibit addresses how people can make small changes in their everyday lifestyles to minimise their carbon footprint. Four interactive stations address a particular contributor of carbon dioxide, and together they show the combined consequences to climate change. The greenhouse gas output from the activities ‘fills up’ the Earth, represented as a projection onto a hemisphere mounted onto the wall. The Ice Map exhibit allows users to control a timeline and see how the Arctic ice-cap has changed over the years. Users will be able to see how climate change has contributed to Read more

The Beach

In early 2017, Denmark’s first science centre finally re-opened its doors to the public after a period of major refurbishment. The new building is double the size of the old with a striking copper-clad helical staircase at its centre. Sixteen major new exhibitions fill the gallery floors with a vast range of exhibits, and not forgetting the ‘World’s first interactive Cinema’. Experimentarium's history goes back to 1991, when 'science centres' in Europe were in their infancy. It proved to be a hit, and the centre shared the international stage by hosted one of the earliest ECSITE conferences back in 1993 (when it was a rather smaller affair). Our contribution to the Read more

Big Machine Exhibit at Petrosains

The Big Machine takes visitors through the working principles of some simple machines; the wedge, lever, inclined plane, pulley and wheel. As users transport the tactile ‘grain’ through the machine’s components it demonstrates how they work whilst engaging in exploration and play. The exhibit enables large groups to engage independently or collaboratively, exploring machines, the movement of materials and energy transfer. Around the main installation are small satellite exhibits which offer visitors a more in-depth investigation of the simple machines, where they can feel the mechanical advantages of the simple machines and compare the difference between variations on the machines. The Big Machine exhibit is a collaborative project with the Read more

A Prehistoric Journey

Seaton Jurassic centre is a visitor attraction in East Devon that tells the uniquely powerful story of the geology and marine ecology of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first Natural World Heritage Site. The centre which opened in March 2016 has a good mix of interactives, set-work exhibits, story telling and role-play activities. We worked closely with the clients and designers to provide the physical and screen interactives which included the interactive elements within the models and set works. Date  2016 Location  Devon, England

Project Imagination

The imagination of children is a wonderful thing; bold, free and optimistic. In Norway, Statoil have tapped into this creativity with Project Imagination (Prosjekt Fantasi), a national competition for children to find solutions to tomorrows problems. The best inventions were selected by a jury to be turned into a travelling exhibition and tour the partner science centres across Norway. Science Projects won the bid to develop and create the exhibition, working with Vilvite Science Centre (Bergen) and Try (Oslo). Each child’s invention was represented with a ‘booth’ which included background information and an interactive exhibit related to their exhibit as closely as possible. Graphic design, (screen and print), programming and electronic Read more