“Exploring Fun with Exploratory Exhibits”

I had a very interesting fun time for the 4 days while I was in the workshop on making exploratory exhibits. This being my first experience, I had no idea about the workshop and what we are going to do in those 4 days. 

Even before introducing ourselves and getting to know Ryan and the topic of the workshop, we did the toy dissection exercise which was lot of fun. This helped in breaking the ice with Ryan and other group members and it also helped in setting the course of the workshop. In this exercise we also learnt the importance observation and imagination, drawing and understanding motion, mechanisms etc.

After introductions, we had a brief discussion in groups about exploratory exhibits. This discussion helped me to develop my thoughts and imagination about such exhibits. After this we were given some time to play with the shadows and light exhibit and after exploring and playing with the exhibit, we discussed about the importance of guided/unguided exhibits and how this aspect is important for exploratory exhibits. 

After this, we did the “think puzzle explore” exercise on 3 themes (Toys, Cloth and Language). This exercise was extremely helpful in channelizing our thoughts about exploratory exhibits on the said themes. At the end of the day, we all were given tasks to come up with 8 ideas (min. 1 for each theme). It was interesting to see how all of us broke down their understanding of the themes into workable ideas and

After introductions, we had a brief discussion in groups about exploratory exhibits. This discussion helped me to develop my thoughts and imagination about such exhibits. After this we were given some time to play with the shadows and light exhibit and after exploring and playing with the exhibit, we discussed about the importance of guided/unguided exhibits and how this aspect is important for exploratory exhibits. 

After this, we did the “think puzzle explore” exercise on 3 themes (Toys, Cloth and Language). This exercise was extremely helpful in channelizing our thoughts about exploratory exhibits on the said themes. At the end of the day, we all were given tasks to come up with 8 ideas (min. 1 for each theme). It was interesting to see how all of us broke down their understanding of the themes into workable ideas and concepts. 

Next day, everyone presented their ideas across the 3 themes and then teams were formed to select one idea which they would like to take it forward to the prototype and testing stage. Amongst all the teams the workable ideas were discussed and finally, Kriti and I decided to work on the Spinning tops exhibit which Kriti has done as an activity before but now we have to build it as an exploratory exhibit. We thought about various aspects of the exhibit like the materials we will use to make the tops, their quantity, size, how to give it a modern feel, how to add today’s technology to it? What the user will get from this? What things he can learn from it? We did some cardboard prototypes of the spinning tops and realized that we are not using the right material for building them.