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.
The exhibit evolved over weeks of prototyping and testing with kids.
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.
I also drew preliminary exhibit designs for a grant proposal.