Since early 2012, we’ve had our hands full designing, fabricating and finally installing Design Lab, a new permanent exhibition space in NYSCI’s lower pavilion with five activity areas where visitors of all ages can tinker with creative solutions to scientific and technological challenges. While some of the workshops are already in use by school groups, kids and families, Design Lab is finally near completion and will officially open to the public next Saturday, June 7th. We want to seize the opportunity and roundup the installation process so far.

photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science

Design Lab, close to completion in late May.
Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

Design Lab invites makers to look at materials around them in new ways while engaging in activities, experiments and challenges that provide a deeper understanding of the engineering and design process. From developing self-propelling model cars to making colorful, scented candles, Design Lab offers loads of exciting programming year round.

The five activity areas
– Backstage, where visitors can invent solutions to a perfect performance of light, shadow and motion, is already in use.

photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science

Children create puppets for a shadow play in the Backstage.
Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

– Sandbox, where visitors can build sturdy structures from wooden dowels and rubber bands they can stand inside, opened a few months ago.

photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science

Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

– Studio, where visitors can construct a lit up model city with the help of electric circuits, already houses aspiring architects, electric engineers and lighting designers.

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NYSCI visitors imagine their “Happy City” with paper models and electric circuits in the Studio. Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

– Treehouse, where visitors can explore gravity, shape and air resistance, is the last space nearing completion for the opening next week.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

– Maker Space, where visitors will learn to use tools that convert design ideas into prototypes, opened in 2012.

photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science

Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

Watch the growth of Design Lab in time lapse: