Marian Koshland Science Museum
The interactive exhibit we built for the The Marian Koshland Science Museum in Washington D.C. has the goal of educating the public about the need to take action against climate change. Our job was to provide the educational elements and interactive displays that demonstrate this message in a clear and easy-to-understand way.
We worked with a climate scientist and researchers from the National Research Council to develop the design and construct a number of stylish, state-of-the-art display pieces that tell the story of the many different ways scientists are tracking temperature and changes to weather patterns around the world. Nine spun aluminum globes pinpoint hot spots and key contributors across the continents while a topographical map display depicts what rising sea levels might look like in the immediate D.C. area. One half of an embarrassed cow is on hand to represent the effects of methane gas on the earth’s atmosphere while another display shows “first hand” the way that temperatures have increased dramatically in the last several decades.
Turning complex scientific data into easy-to-follow, digestible pieces of information is what good science museums are all about. Understanding what can be “shown” versus what should be “told” is where our past experience helps provide even greater impact for the important information being relayed.