Interactive design and construction
The SCI-FUN Roadshow takes forty or so hands-on science exhibits to schools throughout Scotland. These exhibits are primarily directed at the S1/S2 year group, although they have also been successfully used by adults and primary pupils, at science festivals and other public events.
In order to ensure that the Roadshow can carry out its tasks in a reasonable time (the group can fill a school hall in 90 minutes, and clear it in 60), we have, over the years, developed some basic rules, regarding the production of SCI-FUN (and now FUSION) exhibits.
Exhibits are designed to be: robust; highly modular; easy to set up and take down; simple to use; safe; and (where possible) to have multi-layered content. (The poster opposite shows a few of the exhibits; click on the image for a larger version.)
An interactive design tutorial
Click here, or on the menu item on the left, to view a short document, which we have made available online (and as a PDF file). It provides some brief guidelines as to the design of an interactive exhibit, and it also underpins the design ethos of the FUSION team, when dealing with exhibits that are more complex than the traditional Roadshow interactive.
Here are a few examples, to give an idea as to the different types of exhibit that can be constructed by FUSION. (SCI-FUN takes forty to fifty exhibits to schools as part of the Roadshow.)