Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together is a new permanent exhibition for Melbourne kids (babies to five-year-olds) opening 4 December, 2017 at Scienceworks.
Children and their carers can tinker, design, build and test with shapes, lights, balls, and large-scale imaginative machines in the screen-free play space.
The exhibition is divided into three age and activity zones.
The Baby Landscape is a comfortable space, enclosed with a rolling mound to create a safe area for babies and crawlers. It features nooks and mounds for climbing, a moving overhead light display and spinners to enable the youngest scientists to investigate how different materials move in space.
The Tinkering Zone is for toddlers to 3 year-olds, children can experiment and test their ideas – creating contraptions to fly in wind tubes, stacking and sorting custom-made blocks on a colourful light table, and practicing foundational coding skills such as sequencing and critical thinking. A light-up switch wall develops fine motor skills and deductive thinking and a sensory-stimulating environment encourages exploration.
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 goals. Using large-scale construction and simple machines, crews of children can work together and create big things.
Ground Up will encourage your little learner to think big and ignite their lifelong engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).