Carnegie Mellon Design Students Partner With Carnegie Museum
Of Natural History To Design Interactive Learning Exhibit
PITTSBURGH-Students in Carnegie Mellon University School of Design's Senior Design Studio will be building a new, interactive exhibit during the summer at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In an effort to draw attention to its research, the museum enlisted help from the school's Senior Design Studio to propose new ways to engage the public through interactive learning experiences that focus on scientific information.
Mark Baskinger and Stacie Rohrbach, associate professors in the School of Design, teach the Senior Design Studio. The course comprises 25 communication design and industrial design majors. In January, the students were divided into groups and spent the semester working to come up with an exhibit concept and design.
Baskinger and Rohrbach are pleased with the students' enthusiasm for the project. "It's clear that they are advancing their design knowledge and skills and learning a lot about how to interpret scientific research into a palatable way for museum visitors to understand," Rohrbach said. "The students design proposals effectively and creatively translate the complex world of Carnegie Museum of Natural History."
In May each of the teams presented their final exhibit proposal to the museum in the form of physical prototype models, a poster that describes an overview of their concept and a document that defines the specifications of their plan. Baskinger, Rohrbach and the students will spend the summer working with the museum to build the exhibit.