After a significant renovation of the Discovery Center of Idaho’s Gallery I, the science center is unveiling a fun and exciting new exhibition created entirely in-house. Launch It!—a celebration of the science behind lift, flight, propulsion, and flinging things—debuts to the public on December 20, 2014 and will run through May of 2015.
Launch It! features over 20 interactive exhibits where patrons can learn firsthand the ins and outs of sending things flying. Marquee exhibits include an interactive air rocket, the Launch It! catapult, and a station where visitors can design and build aerodynamic paper airplanes and test them in a launcher.
Now in its 26th year, the Discovery Center of Idaho is the state’s premier science education center, offering exhibits for kids and adults alike. Featured as one of Conde Nast Traveler’s 10 Best U.S. Museums for Kids (and Kids at Heart) the Discovery Center is ramping up its programmatic and educational offerings going into 2015, and beyond.
With the hiring of renowned Exhibits Director Eric Miller earlier this year, the center is moving rapidly toward elite exhibition status, which it hopes will result in higher attendance. Miller is a seasoned exhibition designer, fabricator, space planner, project manager and leader who specializes in conceptualizing and building highly interactive and experiential science exhibitions and learning environments. His previous work includes the Museum of Natural History in Eugene, OR, the Imaginarium Discovery Center in Anchorage, AK, and the Mobius Science Center in Spokane, WA.
The Discovery Center’s leadership is excited about the organization’s new direction, and optimistic about how the community will receive Launch It!. “We are thrilled to unveil a more contemporary look while staying true to our hands-on, interactive roots” said Executive Director Kristine Barney. “Launch It!’s opening literally launches our master plan for the ‘Discovery Center 2.0.’ We look forward to working with our partners to upgrade our exhibits, facility, and programming over the next several years, and continuing to inspire lifelong interest and learning.”