New and emerging experiences that challenge visitors to think outside of their immediate community will rotate through Innovation Sandbox, each being presented for two to three years at a time. Currently, Dreamers will expand their worldview by shooting bolts of lightning, making it rain, creating clouds, and more through Weather Worlds, an immersive digital experience created by Design I/O. Afterward, Dreamers will discover their inner Climate Action Hero.
recommended for ages 4-12
Created by Design I/O, this immersive digital experience will allow visitors to control the weather with a little magic (and green screen technology). A simple hand gesture or wave of the arm will trigger weather phenomena ranging from rain to tornadoes and blizzards. Children will gain superpowers that will allow them to manipulate and control the weather in front of them.
climate action heroes
Visitors will discover their special climate action superpower through a physical flow quiz experience. A maze of playful questions will determine which climate action hero visitors will become—Community Captain, Pollinator Patrol, Arbor Avenger, Water Warrior, or Mighty Meteorologist—empowering young learners to use their climate superpowers to affect positive change in their home, school, and community. Check out the digital experience at www.climate-heroes.org!
what is your child learning?
Social and emotional development (How are my actions connected to others?)
Making decisions and understanding the self
Expanding our world and understanding our surroundings (The natural and the man-made: What is a community?)
Cause and effect
who uses these skills?
Biologist or entomologist
where is this exhibit located?
The Innovation Sandbox is located on Floor 1, one level down from the main entrance, near Art + Tech and the Dream Machine.
extra Museum resources
STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum podcast
virtual field trips
discover STEAM careers
meet a STEAM expert!
The IF/THEN® Initiative is a national effort sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies® to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers while creating a culture shift in how the world perceives women in STEM.