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Inclusive Design for Learning

For my thesis project I worked with the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention to produce a proof-of-concept process for increasing internal capacity for applying inclusive design principles.

I assembled a group of local User Experts (disabled people and experts in disability), to help guide the redesign through the lens of Universal Design in Learning. 

This project sought to highlight the strengths of small museums, the need for the participation of User Experts in design, and to actualize potential of inclusive museum experiences. 

Igniting Inclusion at the SPARK Museum (

Ocean Acidification

Model

Exploratorium

While at the Exploratorium, I was selected to participate in a two-year NSF climate-focused grant project, in which I collaborated with the Pacific Science Center and Waikiki Aquarium.

 

I developed an ocean acidification model using easy to find materials like Bromothymol blue (acid indicator), culture flasks, and dry ice. 

This visually striking model attempted to show the passive chemical reactions that happens between the atmosphere and the ocean.

An instructional video was produced for the educators in the participating grant project, and I also created a 'zine' inspired Student Guide for Sea Level Rise.

Ocean Acidification Table Top Model
Ocean Acidification Table Top Model

Two plastic containers side by side. One container has a balloon attached to the top and the other does not. The one with the balloon has yellow/green/blue liquid inside and the other has blue liquid.

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Ocean Acidification Table Top Model
Ocean Acidification Table Top Model

Two plastic containers side by side. One container has a balloon attached to the top and the other does not. The one with the balloon has yellow/green/blue liquid inside and the other has blue liquid.

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Mini Zines for Big Discoveries

Wonderful Idea Company

I worked with the Wonderful Idea Company to produce marketing illustrations and interactive tools for their maker workshops.

In a quest to explore portable, interactive tools for curious people I created a mini zine that invited the user to experiment with light on the go!

Participants first learned how to construct the mini zine then could join in a session to explore the pinhole effect with sun.

Mini Zines for Big Discoveries
Mini Zines for Big Discoveries

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Participants join in on the pinhole acti
Participants join in on the pinhole acti

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Button Template, photo courtesy of Wonderful Idea Company
Button Template, photo courtesy of Wonderful Idea Company

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Mini Zines for Big Discoveries
Mini Zines for Big Discoveries

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Educator Tools

Exploratorium

At the Exploratorium, I developed several tools and materials to support the museum educators in their facilitation. This is a small snapshot of a few that I made.

I fabricated five tactile boxes​, which provided educators with a portable tool to engage visitors with, allowing them to explore a variety of objects through their sense of touch.

To give visitors a more intimate experience with the botany demonstration, I developed a seed set with information cards displaying the plant at different points of stages of their life cycle.​ Visitors can be invited to explore the seeds through touch and smell as well as through pictures, providing them with a multimodal way of connecting with the seeds.

The Meroplankton card and specimen set accompanied the Explainer's daily plankton collection and exploration. It gave visitors a concrete way to connect the larva that they might find in the live sample with its mature version.

Wooden tactile box
Wooden tactile box

A small wooden box with a black obscure hole with a hand peaking into the box

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Seeds and Info Cards
Seeds and Info Cards

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Barnacle Specimen with Info Card
Barnacle Specimen with Info Card

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Wooden tactile box
Wooden tactile box

A small wooden box with a black obscure hole with a hand peaking into the box

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Exhibit Guide

Exploratorium

As part of a cross-museum collaboration focused on climate education, I developed a 'zine' inspired exhibit guide aimed for high school aged students.

My goal was to create a guide that encouraged playful interactions of our exhibits by directing students to look closely, discuss questions with others, express themselves through drawing, and explore their imagination.