Connecticut Science Center
Opened Summer 2009
In KidSpace, a gallery designed for CSC’s youngest visitors and their families, children experiment with the force of water by placing colorful plastic balls in a pool and observing as a ball is lifted high in the air, hovers on a laminar stream, swirls around in a powerful vortex until sucked into a drain, disappears briefly, then bobs to the surface to be used again.
KidSpace design takes advantage of natural light and high, spacious volumes, creating large-scale exhibit components that invite active play.
Using beakers of different sizes in a measuring activity appropriate for this age group, children hone their observational and quantifying skills and begin to “do what scientists do.”
Seeing how water flows over different structures invites spatial experimentation and recognizing and creating patterns. Children work individually or in collaboration.
The inventive theme of the space is enlivened by original works by Hartford native Walter Wick, creator of the popular “I Spy” and “Can You See What I See?” series. Seek-and-find activities promote close observation—the most fundamental of all science skills.
The Connecticut Science Center, the new $164 million downtown Hartford landmark, opened in Summer 2009. The Cesar Pelli-designed, LEED-certified building has roughly 40,000 square feet of exhibition space. We developed and designed five of the Center’s 10 galleries, totaling 20,000 square feet.