Design Zone: MOSI Opens Innovative Exhibit

Ever wanted to create your own video game, design your own skate park or be a DJ for the day? If so, MOSI in Tampa has an exhibit for you.

Design Zone at MOSI opened in July and allows visitors to explore a variety of creative concepts around art, music and engineering. The interactive, hands-on exhibit focuses on the importance of science and mathematical thinking, while promoting creativity and innovation.

"So far the response from visitors has been great," says Adrienne Drew of MOSI. "Kids and adults alike seem to enjoy all of the interactive pieces within the Design Zone exhibition."

Design Zone has three themed areas: art, music and engineering. Visitors can explore visual creativity in the Videogame Design Lab or discover the math and physics behind building a skate park. In the music section, guests can become a DJ and practice their skills at the turntable. Activities have educational components, making them both fun and educational for all ages.

The exhibit comes to MOSI from the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI). "OMSI developed the exhibit and hosted it at their museum, and now it's a traveling exhibit that will be on tour for the next eight years," says Drew. "Their inspiration was to create something fun and interactive for kids. Children are able to go through the exhibit and have fun, while at the same time learn about algebraic concepts and thinking."

Design Zone at MOSI will run until September 5, 2011. Access to the exhibit is included in the cost of admission.

Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Adrienne Drew, MOSI

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Kimberly Patterson is a news editor for 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
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