"Imaginate" at Arizona Science Center promotes innovation and dreaming

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

PHOENIX – Arizona Science Center is opening a new exhibit called “Imaginate” this Sunday.

Reporter Jill Galus got a sneak preview of the exhibit on Good Morning Arizona Thursday.

“Imaginate” focuses on topics such as dreaming, being creative, and building your own products. Many museums only allow visitors to observe and not touch, but “Imaginate” allows guests to participate in hands-on activities.

“Our big focus in Imaginate is to shift all of our guests from being just visitors to participants,” said Hunter, an employee at Arizona Science Center. “We’re really trying to get everybody involved here and get them really inspired by science and by all these different innovations.”

“Imaginate” has five main themes that all relate to creativity and innovation:

1)    Dream Big - Dreams and passions are often the starting point on the path toward innovation. Exhibits including Explore Paper Airplanes, Tumbling Dice, and So You Think You Can Fly will show visitors how dreams and motivation lead to creative accomplishments.

2)    Expect the Unexpected - Science is full of questions and unexpected answers. The obvious may seem like the right answer, but a fresh point of view helps people see beyond that. Exhibits include Ferrofluid Experiences, Interactive Projects, and Materials Playground.

3)    Collaborate or Compete - Working together can lead to greater innovations than we might have reached on our own. Hearing others’ thoughts and ideas can help us consider directions we might not have looked at before. Exhibits include Sound Panels, Telltale Heart, and Making Faces.

4)    Try, Try and Try Again - Innovation takes time and patience. It can be a long process, but staying persistent and continuing to try can lead to discovery and great accomplishments. Check out Gear Tree/Kinetic Sculptures, Create Something New, and Stop-Motion Animation here.

5)    Look to the World - Diverse climates and regions around the world show us that innovative processes can depend on our surroundings. The shared drive for food, shelter, and water around the world show the differences in innovation. Explore Innovation Around the World and Question of the Day.

Some children have come by Arizona Science Center this week to test out “Imaginate,” and their reaction has been positive so far.

“We have all these different outlets for kids to be creative and come up with their own designs and innovations that they have. It’s been nothing really short of amazing watching all these kids kind of dream up their own designs and then execute them,” Hunter said. 

“Imaginate” opens on Saturday, Sept. 28, for Arizona Science Center Members, and on Sunday, Sept. 29, for non-members. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5, 2014.

Tickets are free for members. For non-members, ticket prices are $16 for kids ages 3-17, $19.95 for adults, and $19.95 for seniors ages 62 and older. To purchase presale tickets, click here.

For more information about “Imaginate,” click here.