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Taking hi-tech stories to museums around the country with MOTAT - Annual Report 2018

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Taking hi-tech stories to museums around the country with MOTAT - Annual Report 2018

8 April, 2019

We are developing a travelling science showcase that can be exhibited at different museums around New Zealand. The project is a collaboration with another CoRE, the Dodd-Walls Centre, the Museum of Transport and Technology and the Otago Museum, and will bring hi-tech science stories to the general public in a novel way.

The showcase will make use of interactive exhibits around material science, nanotechnology and photonics to engage people in the work of the two Centres of Research Excellence and to illustrate the journey of science from the lab to New Zealand homes and businesses. It will make use of hands-on activities, videos, live displays and virtual reality, as well as examples of end-product materials and technologies that are the result of our research.

The travelling exhibition will address the challenge of delivering information to different areas around New Zealand by designing a showcase that is portable and adaptable to different spaces. Working in partnership with the two museums has allowed us to leverage the deep science communication and exhibition design knowledge and skills within the museums to translate our research into an engaging exhibition format.

Look out for the showcase, which will open in the Museum of Transport and Technology in May 2019, and then travel to different museums around the country throughout 2019 and 2020.

Rebecca Britt, Exhibitions Manager at MOTAT says they are excited to partner with the MacDiarmid Institute on this project.

MOTAT is proud to partner with the MacDiarmid Institute to inspire the innovators of tomorrow.

Rebecca Britt Exhibitions Manager MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology