Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What If Schools Were More Like Interactive Museums?



Imagine a time in which design is part of K-12 education and schools begin looking and feeling more like interactive museums. Students would learn from, and help design, exhibits that help them learn about everything from the universe to the human brain.

The Mind Museum in Taguig City (the Philippines) (left) just opened on March 16, 2012 and promotes learning while having fun. The 12,500-square-meter space has over 250 interactive exhibits, an outdoor Science-in-the-Park, and a Botanical Garden.

Designed by Lor Calma & Partners architect Ed Calma, the massive building looks like a spaceship but was actually inspired by cellular growth and structures, which is one of the many topics featured inside the museum. The building itself is an exhibit, with a solar reflective exterior, natural wind ventilation and rainwater flow drainage.

When visitors walk through the Human Brain exhibit they see which areas light up when you sense, feel or think. The Light Bridge (right) connects the Atom Gallery to the Universe Gallery.

Many of the exhibits are original, and were designed by Filipino artists, scientists and engineers, including faculty and designers from the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines and the University of St. Tomas.

Click below to see a promotional video about the Mind Museum and imagine what it would be like if schools received the same kind of attention.


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