The Wet, Wild, Wonderful World of Science

May 15th, 1994 - March 31st, 1997 | PROJECT

9355625 Cassady The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is developing a new permanent 12,000 square-foot gallery, "The Wet, Wild, Wonderful World of Science: A Science Gallery That Connects Kids to Their World." Water is the catalyst for the exploration and discovery of science concepts throughout the gallery. Within the gallery are three hub context areas (Pipes and Pumps, Streams and Ponds,Tubes and Flasks) that are closely linked, both conceptually and physically. The message is that the concepts introduced in one hub also apply to the others, thus erasing artificial distinctions between natural and physical sciences. The goals of the project are: To create a gallery that will make science accessible to the museum's current and underserved visitors. To create hands-on opportunities for young people to practice scientific thinking so they may better understand the physical and natural world. To create a science education experience that promotes linkages for visitors between the learning of science in the gallery and formal and informal learning outside of the museum. To research the application of constructivist theory in the design of hands-on exhibits.

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Team Members

David Cassady, Principal Investigator, Children's Museum of Indianapolis Inc
Karol Bartlett, Co-Principal Investigator, Children's Museum of Indianapolis Inc


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 9355625
Funding Amount: 783511


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: General STEM | Nature of science | Physics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits