A Transformative Approach to Exhibit Planning KSClogo

June 12-14, 2016

Kentucky Science Center
727 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

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What You Will LearnHOStudiologo

  • A new process to create learning spaces in which adults find themselves as engaged as
  • their children.
  • How to start planning a new exhibit without raising new funds.
  • How to build new audiences and engage stakeholders.
  • How to create staff capacity building opportunities and shift organizational
  • culture.


Sunday, June 12
Arrival and hotel check-in.

Visit the Kentucky Science Center (open 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) by showing your workshop registration confirmation for free admission.

6:00 p.m.
Option No Host Dinner (attendees pay for their own dinner and drinks)
Blue Grass Brewing Company
300 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Monday, June 13
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Exploration of Science in Play
Explore Science in Play, a new, next-generation learning experience in an open-ended way, but through the lens of an observation rubric, including:

  • Who is the audience being served by SIP?
  • What do you notice about "loose parts"?
  • Where and how do you see collaboration?
  • What stands out to you about the overall design approach in the gallery?
  • How are KSC team members involved in the visitor experience?

As part of their exploration, participants will photo document their observations for Report Out session.

10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Prepare for Sharing

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Report Out
Participants will share their discoveries and frame key elements to inform the afternoon conversations.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Networking

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
A Conversation About Process and Approach, including Q&A
Focus: What were the strategy, strengths and pitfalls of the iterative and organic process? What was the thinking behind the chosen atmosphere and experiential approach?

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
A Conversation About Community Engagement, including Q&A
Focus: Community was central to the evolution of this project, with audience, partner and stakeholder development in mind right from the start. Why does this matter and what impact has it had?

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Revisit Science in Play
Participants will revisit the exhibit and initial perceptions from the earlier rubric.

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Key Insights and Questions

Tuesday, June 14
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
A Conversation About Organizational Culture, including Q&A
Focus: How and why did the approach facilitate transformation in organizational culture and create capacity building opportunities for staff and organization as a whole?

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
A Conversation About Visitor Observations & Research, including Q&A
Focus: Over the four year planning period which included several large scale pilot experiences, how were varying observation and research elements included to inform design and approach?

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Working Lunch: Local Action Planning

12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Closing & Final Thoughts