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Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Waterloo, Ontario (2016)

As part of Innovation 150 - an interactive, year-long, country-wide program marking Canada's 150th anniversary through awe-inspiring experiences in science, technology and innovation - we collaborated with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics to build a new travelling exhibition, titled Power of Ideas.

Theoretical physicists explore and seek to explain the natural world. Some physicists focus on the very big, such as how the Universe works and its still uncovered mysteries. Others examine the very small, like the subatomic particles that make up all matter, including us. The challenge was how to open up the world of theoretical physics to audiences across Canada.

Mirroring the behaviours critical to the work accomplished by scientists at the Perimeter Institute, the Process of Science was the overarching theme of the exhibition. And that process was illustrated through engaging hands-on, mind-expanding exhibits that sparked visitors' curiosity, promoted creativity, encouraged critical thinking and celebrated collaboration. 

The development of this exhibition was a collaborative effort in every sense of the word. Teams from both the Ontario Science Centre and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics quickly discovered a shared commitment to education and a desire to learn from one another. 

But critical to the project's success were the knowledge partnerships between the Perimeter Institute and the Large Hadron Collider, as well as with other scientists in the fields of experimental and theoretical physics.

Our Services:
  • Flexible maze design to accommodate different types of display areas
  • 2,000 sq. ft. of multi-station interactive exhibits
  • Integrated graphics 
  • The target audience was school aged children, ages 10-17.