Maryland Science Center
Opened Spring 2002
When MSC expanded its popular Kids Room from 800 to 4,000 square feet, it made the commitment to break new ground in providing meaningful interpretation for parents and caregivers. We were asked to develop and design an environment that would welcome and engage the museum’s youngest visitors and give adults a new perspective on the role of play in early learners’ first encounters with science.
Experiences in the gallery are inspired by science and many of the activities feature content that connects children with iconic Baltimore places and people—role-playing on an Inner Harbor fireboat, exploring the ocean floor via submarine, and catching fish off a waterfront dock.
Playful takes on hometown heroes—you can even shake a bronze cast of Cal Ripken’s hand!—and Baltimore’s classic row houses give the gallery local color.
The intrinsic appeal of experimenting with water engages children in a flow experience.
Close observation is the hallmark of the nature area, where kids can compare their own bodies to a child-sized human skeleton, study a collection of rocks, feathers and crystals, and engage in in-depth exploration of changing science subjects through tabletop experiments and interactive software.
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Can you make your ball ring this bell?
‘Try This’ challenges are scattered throughout the room with older siblings in mind.
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