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Montshire Museum of Science

GEARS is an exhibit developed for the Montshire Museum of Science over the course of my six-month internship in 2003.

GEARS is an exhibit developed for the Montshire Museum of Science over the course of my six-month internship in 2003.

Visitors arrange a variety of gears and mechanisms to discover mechanical principles. Each component magnetically affixes to the exhibit, allowing visitors to arrange the gears and mechanisms as they like.

 I was responsible for developing the whole exhibit, including concepting, prototyping, and part of the final production.  As a brief, I was given three gears with the magnetic feature (described above) and asked to design an exhibit for them. My goal was to encourage and reward experimentation by offering a lot of activities driven by gears.

I was responsible for developing the whole exhibit, including concepting, prototyping, and part of the final production.

As a brief, I was given three gears with the magnetic feature (described above) and asked to design an exhibit for them. My goal was to encourage and reward experimentation by offering a lot of activities driven by gears.

 The exhibit evolved over weeks of prototyping and testing with kids.

The exhibit evolved over weeks of prototyping and testing with kids.

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 I also learned that drawing suggestions on the exhibit led visitors to discover advanced setups.

I also learned that drawing suggestions on the exhibit led visitors to discover advanced setups.

 The final exhibit incorporated a variety of mechanisms, including two marble machine windows, a worm gear, planetary gear, oscillating mechanisms, sound makers, and more.

The final exhibit incorporated a variety of mechanisms, including two marble machine windows, a worm gear, planetary gear, oscillating mechanisms, sound makers, and more.

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 I also drew preliminary exhibit designs for a grant proposal.

I also drew preliminary exhibit designs for a grant proposal.

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