Since 1971 the Blue Wing has been the heart of the Museum of Science. Now, with many out-of-date exhibits and galleries, the Blue Wing is primed to be reimagined to engage visitors in new explorations, discoveries, and understanding. Over the next decade, the Museum will transform the Blue Wing into a state-of-the-art, integrated experience that will excite and empower visitors to be the thinkers and innovators needed to shape our future.
It’s no longer sufficient for museums to serve as repositories of facts or collections of objects. Instead, we seek to empower visitors to discover andpractice the habits of mind necessary to be engaged STEM learners. Each new Blue Wing exhibit will focus on one of three core habits of mind essentialto producing understanding rather than merely reproducing facts: creating solutions, investigating questions, and imagining possible worlds.
The Blue Wing transformation will begin with the introduction of two permanent exhibits slated to open in the fall of 2020:
Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology
Immerse yourself in an arctic environment from the moment you walk through the cave entrance surrounded by sounds of cracking ice and rushes of cold air. Investigate and operate a range of technologies— assess their strengths and weaknesses, identify problems, and solve challenges as you move through the environment where you’ll see (digital) arctic animals and navigate a glacier. Come away with the realization you are surrounded every day—in any environment—by tools and technologies that can help you navigate our world.
Engineering Design Workshop, Powered by MathWorks
Made possible through the generosity of MathWorks, this 7,000-square- foot gallery focuses on creating solutions and empowering you to think critically in an engineering and computer science context. A Design Challenges hub offers a rotating suite of challenges, while Engineering Design Labs include unfacilitated challenges related to robotics, air, mechanics, computer science, and more. Practice creating solutions using engineering skills of iteration, pattern recognition, and problem decomposition, and ultimately walk away with a new set of skills to solve a variety of problems in your daily life.