Saturday, May 16, 2015

Largest investment in the Technical Museum’s history – the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet

A total of 80 million has been invested and barely four months in mid-September, Megamind opens to the public. The spirit is to tell how good ideas become and how they can then be realized – a place where children and young people themselves should be free to experiment and acquire new knowledge.

The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet was the first outside observer a tour of hitherto secret but exciting facilities. A flying start with astronaut Christer Fuglesang, who is also the Chairman of the Technical Museum, which cicerone.

– Welcome to the new generation science center. An exhibition of our creative brain and a bet which I think is both an important and significant contribution to today’s school and community, says Christer Fuglesang, when we meet at the entrance of Megamind.

The name is now also approved, despite an American movie from 2010 with the same title.

We meet Christer Fuglesang just inside the entrance, which has the shape of an ear, and we are thus in it that portrays the ear canal. The hearing time with colorful lights, or sensors in the ceiling leads us into the brain – an exhibition on two floors and 2000-studded square meters.

– Here, 46 different installations included, some of which are very innovative and different, continues Christer Fuglesang and admit that a couple of them tangent to his own specialty, space. Anyone who uses the lift are invited to sample a space flight.

The first installations has just come into place, but the venue is already dominated by a white, round and 500 square meters large wall. A different architecture that French architect Albert France-loanwords launched. It was his company that won the design competition.

The wall is a bit surprising built in fiberglass. It was produced, bit by bit, the boatbuilder Tore Svensson on the West Coast and was transported then to the fence to be put together. Something similar has hardly been done before.

The wall is a projection that will change and shift from time to time. Children’s thoughts and ideas about the future shape and change the wall.

– When we saw France-loan words design sketch of the architectural competition we got stuck directly. It’s different, very creative and we named it the cloud, but guess that young people might call it mini-Globe or something else, says museum director, Ann Follin, who is also featured on the premiere of the premises.

She sticks no secret of the fact that expectations for the exhibition are high. In 2014, the number of visits to the Museum of Technology from just over 300,000 to 350,000, largely thanks to the exhibition “Game on.” But with Megamind in the premises is the stated goal of half a million visitors a year.

On the other hand, the white wall is intriguing nooks and crannies and the time that can lead the visitor on the exhibition’s installations; painting with the eyes, the shape of the air, to create music with thinking power, thinking power and control with the drive a satellite, for example.

exhibition of different parts is also color coded. Ruggedly get on level 1 a glimpse into how the brain works, and on the 2nd floor is via a space journey of inspiration that stands in the center.

A stated goal is to Technical Museum to be considered as one of the most creative and modern technical museums in Europe. The aim is to create a Science Centre on the future skills needs with creativity and innovation at the center. Here, children and young people meet technology and science. Try, might fail and try again.

– The idea is to increase desire and interest in science and technology. To increase children’s and young people’s technical confidence, broaden the concept of technology and be an educational support and complement the school. But adults can certainly also learn things, emphasizes the project manager Åsa Lindgren, who is the person who for three years kept it together somewhat gigantic project.

– Each installation has also served as a separate project. Many meetings and contacts.

Consider that a little over 30 institutions and departments have set up completely free – KTH, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute, Human Brain Project, Innovatum and Brain Foundation, among others. Another approximately 25 institutions, corporations and reference groups have been engaged by some form of compensation or contributions and more than 200 people have participated in a bevy of collaboration processes.

– It has gone incredibly quickly. As recently as a few years ago, the funding issue is not resolved. But thanks to the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Engineers [28 million and 5 million / editor's note] solved it themselves, says Christer Fuglesang.

The project has been accompanied by the motto Together and for all.

– And people with special function requirements have been included in the focus groups, explains Åsa Lindgren.

Natural considering that eight per cent of all children aged 0-16 years actually have some form of disability. For a year, the museum has also worked with so-called co-creation processes (collaboration with consumers) with a focus on accessibility and flexible solutions.

– We understand that young people want more challenges and dare more than the adult world around us believe, continues Åsa Lindgren and hit conclude a blow for the exhibition Future Lab. Here, students create solutions to everyday problems for themes that make science teaching at different grade levels. Hack, Pack, Mecca and innovator school’s rooms will vary in design, educational challenges and designed with different industries and companies.

– There will be exciting – Christer Fuglesang sums it up.


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