One of the key features in the In Motion science studio is three separate, specialized workshops within the space where teachers can take groups of students for more hands-on learning.
The Move It studio allows students to explore engineering functions and physics, the Makeshift studio features a laser and 3D printers inspired by the “makerspace” movement, and the Sparks studio is oriented to younger students.
“We really like to connect our exhibit components and our workshop spaces to the core curriculum, and now we’re migrating — just as the public schools are — to the next generation of science standards,” set by the state, Mortenson said.
The workshops are open to public and private school students, as well as homeschoolers.
In Motion follows the first two science studios to open at the BMS — Explore You in the spring of 2012 and Our Marvelous Earth in the fall of 2012.
Explore You focuses on the health sciences, while the latter highlights the earth sciences. Bug Works, the fourth studio, focusing on invertebrates, is scheduled to open in October 2013, with as-yet unnamed culture, biodiversity, extinction and space studios opening every six months thereafter.
The new studios are part of a physical transformation of the Buffalo Museum of Science building Mortenson said will revitalize the museum.
“I think people like the openness of the spaces. People love that we’re exposing them to natural light again and not covering widows, and they’re energized by the aesthetic changes,” he said.
The overhaul “places us in quite a unique position. There are not a lot of science centers that are also collection institutions. We’re very fortunate to blend the interactivty of a science center with the collections knowledge and learning of a science museum,” he added. “We can highlight being a natural history museum as well.”
IF YOU GO
• WHAT: In Motion science studio
• WHEN: Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
• WHERE: Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
• MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.sciencebuff.org, or call 896-5200.