Today, Busy City Kids were invited at the launch of the brand NEW screen-free interactive permanent exhibition space for babies to 5 year olds - Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together at Scienceworks! This space replaces Nitty Gritty and is here to stay and influence children to encourage their natural abilities as scientists and problem solvers! A big thank you to Kate and her little ones for attending the event today, the new exhibition looks amazing! xo Catherine
Kate and her littles ones went along to experience the $2.5 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) exhibition which focuses on construction to introduce small children to real world skills in an unreal space. Children are encouraged to tinker to develop problem-solving skills and shown that there is no one 'right' way of doing something.
Australia’s international ranking for achievement of students in maths and science has declined over the past 10 years. Girls, in particular, are excluding themselves from advanced maths and women remain dramatically underrepresented in STEM fields, with only 14% of engineers and only 25% of information technology professionals.
Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together invites young children and adults to think, try and creatively problem solve. Experiences are designed to be intuitive, instruction-free and open-ended. Children and their carers can tinker, design, build and test with shapes, lights, balls, and large-scale imaginative machines. In this screen-free space, technology skills are flexible and multi-dimensional. Look out for the 7m tall Kinetic Sculpture as you enter, all about the concept of working machines!
The exhibition is divided into three broad age and activity zones however kids can still walk around the whole space. The three areas are The Baby Landscape, The Tinkering Zone for toddlers to 3 year-olds and The Collaborative Zone designed for 3 to 5 year-olds.
FIRST ZONE - The Baby Landscape Zone is a quiet and safe space created for babies and crawlers. It has nooks and mounds for climbing, a moving overhead light display and spinners to show little ones how different materials move.
SECOND ZONE - The Tinkering Zone for toddlers to 3 year olds engages children in open-ended activities which encourage them to experiment and test their ideas.
The Foundational Coding area is a screen free activity that develops skills such as cause and effect, sequencing and pattern making.
The Flight Tubes area invites children to create contraptions to fly in huge wind tubes.
The Light-up Switch Wall is a wall featuring 1,376 light switches which children can turn on and off to develop deductive thinking.
THIRD ZONE - The Collaborative Zone designed for 3 to 5 year olds is an active, physical space where children use communication and social skills to solve problems and achieve results.
The Car Wash where children use gears to activate giant blue car wash brushes, learning that small movements can have a big effect in large environment.
The Hub is a large climbing challenge with an interactive ball run.
The Build zone is based on the much loved exhibit from Nitty Gritty, children can work collaboratively to build walls with foam blocks using conveyor belts, pulley-systems and wheelbarrows.
All that problem solving will keep your little ones busy for hours - you can see why Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together will be a very popular space moving forward! We are sure it will influence little visitors and will hopefully encourage them to take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.