UI, Iowa Children’s Museum to spark interest in STEM

Hands-on exhibit diagram

A University of Iowa researcher is working on a new hands-on exhibit at the Iowa Children’s Museum that will allow visitors to design their own interactive skate parks. Users will be able to test and re-test their designs with a virtual skateboarder, learning about physics along the way. Image courtesy of Benjamin DeVane.

| October 10, 2016

The University of Iowa has partnered with the Iowa Children’s Museum to produce a new hands-on exhibit that will use an interactive skate park concept to teach physics principles.

The 3,000-square-foot exhibit, scheduled to open in 2018, will invite children to design their own skateboarding courses and platforms using both virtual and physical building blocks. Funded by a three-year, $1,275,430 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), it will become a permanent fixture at the museum, located in the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, replacing another physics-based exhibit called “Notion of Motion.”

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Source: Iowa Now