Discovery’s Alissa Van Soest and Discovery Centre Manager Jonathan Ridnell. Photo: Andrew Perryman.Discovery has undergone a facelift during February, with new, interactive exhibits installed on the main floor, and a complete overhaul of its under-six learning space.
The space, called Kaleidoscope, has expanded, with family friendly flooring, a new look mine, and exhibits designed to nurture developing children’s scientific curiosity.
Early childhood educator Dana Twycross said the new palette of natural colours in Kaleidoscope were selected to make sure children with all abilities on the sensory spectrum can enjoy the space.
“Each part of Kaleidoscope provides a chance to explore then question, guess and test ideas, and develop the natural scientist that lives in all of us,” she said.
Funded by the John T Reid Charitable Trusts, Kaleidoscope is not only a rebuilt space, but Discovery has developed preschool and early childhood programs to add value to the exhibits.
Activity boxes will aid visiting groups to make the most of the Kaleidoscope, and early childhood students and educators will be offered professional development to increase confidence and competence in encouraging young scientists.
Kaleidoscope will be officially opened on Monday afternoon, March 6, and two days of community activities are planned on Tuesday and Wednesday March 7 and 8.
Details can be found at www.discovery.asn.au and on social
Other visitors to Discovery will notice big changes to the floor of exhibits thanks to a generous donation by Scienceworks, Museum Victoria’s science museum in Melbourne.
Toys is an installation of 15 exhibits which explore the science of toys.
From building blocks to loop the loop tracks, the installation is designed to be hands on and