'Imaginate' Exhibit Encourages Experimentation, Collaboration

 students from JF Wahl Elementary school in Helena check out  "Light Hearts in Concert" Art Tower during a tour of "Imaginate" on May 9.

students from JF Wahl Elementary school in Helena check out  "Light Hearts in Concert" Art Tower during a tour of "Imaginate" on May 9.

Imaginate, ASC’s latest STEAM exhibit, is now open in the International Paper Gallery.

 Friction zone

Friction zone

The interactive, multi-activity exhibit encourages collaboration and experimentation — two concepts that innovation and invention rely upon. All of the stations are designed to involve multiple people and creative risk-taking. The activities also encourage to visitors to think about different ways of seeing, creating, and using things.

Innovation has been essential to our survival — driving the evolution of our civilization and the change in our daily quality of life. In this changing world a culture of innovation will help us meet the challenges ahead for our continued survival, both in terms of globalization and environmental changes. Whether you are doing science, art or engineering — innovative thinking can take us on the paths we have not yet explored.

Explore the different activity stations:

Friction Zone

Many good innovations come from an understanding of the properties of the materials being used. Explore kinetic friction in action by sending sliders down ramps with different surfaces. Try using heavier blocks on your slider to see how the mass affects the force of friction. Is heavier slide faster or slower? By experimenting with the surface properties of a range of materials, you can discover which combinations yield the fastest or slowest run.

 Making Faces

Making Faces

Making Faces

In this experience, one face is made of many different people. Take a picture of your own face and choose from a video collection of other people's features to create a bizarre new image. Experiment with the face you create and experiment with different facial expressions. See what makes a face beautiful to you.

 Sound Panels

Sound Panels

Sound Panels

Of the songs on your portable music player, how many sample another song? Innovation in science and technology made this possible and changed music forever.

In this room of sound and lights, you can create your own musical masterpiece involving rhythm, light, pattern and emotion. Step inside play and experiment with sets or samples programmed into the sound walls. Collaboration lets you work with each other's sounds, and competition and collaboration push and pull you to be more creative. Work together and have fun! 

“Light Hearts in Concert” Art Tower

This interactive light sculpture is powered by heartbeats. When you and a group of friends interact with it, the sculpture interprets your heartbeats and integrates them into a light show. Hold onto one of the four bars — the bar has a heart rate monitor built in. Your heartbeat becomes the drum to which the lights dance. The more people connected to the sculpture and the more heartbeats in combination, the grander the display. “Light Hearts in Concert” is designed to inspire experimentation as a team and to visually celebrate each individual as a necessary and valued part of a whole.

Material Exploration Wall

Discover the unexpected — explore materials both nature and manmade. Consider how nature has inspired man-made products. Explore the unexpected ways of using materials, and different ways they have been repurposed. Use the microscope to examine the details of a wide range of fun materials.

 A'Niyah Jones, 7, makes her own small film at the Stop-Motion Animation station.

A'Niyah Jones, 7, makes her own small film at the Stop-Motion Animation station.

Stop-Motion Animation Station

Create your own animation short using small toys and other objects. Capture your scenes with a fixed camera and easy-to-use touch screen interface. When you are finished with your story, play your movie to see your figures come to life on the screen!

Imaginate is the latest interactive traveling exhibit on loan from the Arkansas Discovery Network, a statewide museum partnership operated by Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. The traveling exhibits makes interactive STEM learning more accessible to the state’s children and their families.

Imaginate is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation, Inc.

Explore Imaginate through Saturday, October 6, 2018.