The World's largest Orrery?
02 April 2013
How do you start making an Orrery? I have enough difficulty saying ‘Orrery’, much less get my head around putting one together. The task was given to my much cleverer colleague Ian, who over a few months put together the 52 gears and sprayed all the planets to create the most beautiful mechanical structure. And just to show off, it’s possibly the world’s largest at 5m diameter.
The Orrery was commissioned by the award winning Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, part of the Jodrell Bank Observatory. As well as running on auto-mode, it is also linked to a hand generator to enable visitors to ‘drive’ it themselves.
Link to BBC article
The University of Manchester's article
about the orrery
25 February 2013
Having photos of our exhibits is important to us. Clients refer to them, we refer to them, and its just good to keep a record especially if you’ve been making exhibits for over 25 years. So on installation trips, I remind my colleagues to take lots of photos of the final exhibition especially if it’s abroad. These days it easy with digital cameras right?
On a recent visit to Sørlandet, Southern Norway, the team installed some wonderful, large exhibits interpreting the area’s coastal heritage. A triple ‘pull yourself up’, giant hamster wheel, energy exhibits and a delightful exhibit that explored coastal currents which, at its prototyping stage, everybody at work wanted to play with.
So I was a little disappointed to hear that only two people took photos of the exhibits. One managed to take some of the ‘insides’ for the O&M manuals and another took about six of the exhibits. “OK”, I said to them, “i’ll take them anyway, whatever you’ve got”. To my surprise, there were lots of photos, hundreds actually. It appears there was a trip organised by their generous hosts to a lighthouse on a nearby island whose inhabitants included some friendly sheep.
So for now, here are the unofficial photos for the project.
Our latest clients…are ourselves!
10 January 2013
As a non-profit organisation, the income from building exhibits for others goes back into our own Science Centre - The Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux, East Sussex.
At the end of last year we installed the new Earth and Beyond exhibition consisting of 25 exhibits as well as a large constellations exhibit. We are also undergoing a refurbishment of our Discovery Park - an outdoor interactive park which, after 15 years is getting a major upgrade and refurbishment.
The Centre occupies the buildings and grounds that were part of the former home of the Royal Observatory after it moved from Greenwich. As a science and discovery centre, it continues to have astronomy at the centre of its operations with events, outreach and of course, interactives.
A return to the Arctic Circle
28 August 2012
We were delighted to return to the Tromsø based science centre to install new exhibits in time for their 10th birthday anniversary celebrations. There are additions to their existing galleries on weather, the environment, energy and human biology, as well as a set of puzzle exhibits.
Once again, we have enjoyed working with the team at the centre in creating new exhibit designs and interpreting this region in the Arctic Circle.
Finishing touches to The Science Garden
02 July 2012
We have just completed the installation of a large outdoor Science Garden for Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. Despite the summer being one of the wettest on record, the team have completed the last stages of this project which is already attracting some great reviews.
Science Projects worked closely with the Outside Studios and the Thinktank team to develop and refine the exhibit designs before building and installing them.
More information on this project can be found here.
Exhibit Prototyping Conference: hands-on development of hands-on exhibits
29 June 2012
The workshop was buzzing with activity last week as representatives from five different science centres and museums spent three days at our workshop for an Exhibit Prototyping Conference. Each team worked with our exhibit designer/builders making, testing and prototyping ideas for exhibits they wish to develop for their centres. After the conference, each centre will go on to build their exhibits themselves or choose a contractor to do so.
Imogen leaves to continue her studies
28 May 2012
After 9 months working with us, Imogen Ransley Buxton leaves Science Projects to continue her final year of her degree in Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham University.
Quickly proving herself to be a quick learner, what started out as a 10 week student placement turned into 18 weeks, followed by a further 8 weeks full-time employment. Imogen became an important team member in the workshop, quickly acquiring new skills and helping on site in Hungary and Birmingham UK.
We all wish her the very best of luck for the future.