We are developing a travelling science showcase that will be exhibited at museums around Aotearoa in 2019 and 2020.
The ‘Showcasing Our Unique Technologies’ project is a collaboration with the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), the Dodd-Walls Centre 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.
This novel approach to outreach 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.
The showcase opened at MOTAT in May and closed at the end of September. It will now travel to different museums around the country throughout 2019 and 2020, first visiting Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North on the 23rd of November.
Mighty Small Mighty Bright - Te Manawa Museum website