In the Museum: A la Cart

In the Museum: A la Cart

Katherine Peterson teaches visitors about airport codes. (Dane Penland)
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“People are curious,” says Wilson. “If we can show visitors the real thing and they have the opportunity to touch something and hear the story behind it, it’s an added benefit to their visit.”

As Bob Greene prepares for the next group of visitors to approach, he says, “It’s a tough thing—and I think an important thing—for the Museum to appeal to children. And it’s hard sometimes, particularly at Hazy where it’s mostly just airplanes. So it takes working one-on-one to get kids to see what’s going on. That’s what’s nice about the Discovery Stations. They really add something to the Museum.”

Grünberg remembers one seven-year-old girl, an avid Harry Potter fan, who approached his station wanting help with a secret project. “She wanted to design a broom that flies. She whipped out a drawing with labels everywhere, and she had all of these concepts she wanted to know about. We talked for 15 minutes about her idea.” He pauses, remembering the encounter. “You know, maybe she won’t design a broom that flies. But she might become an engineer.”

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