Bubble Bits, designed and engineered by seniors at
"It's going to be a popular exhibit," said
Colors inside a tank change as shapes are input and "printed" in bubbles. By simply pressing "send" and "clear," the shape is shown in bubbles, or the "keyboard," used to input a design, is cleared so that a new design can be input.
"This partnership with
The engineering program at FSU Panama City is not application based, so the hands-on experience involved in making Bubble Bits is good for students and the community, according to
"It's the first project that's intended for kids to play with," Brooks said of senior graduation requirement assignments called "capstone projects."
"The key is that we have the subject matter experts in the community that can participate," he said. "I think it's good, something the community needs."
A handful of excited children rushed toward the exhibit Monday, all taking part in testing out Bubble Bits by pressing or banging on buttons. One child yelled across the group to tell another child to "press send." A shape of a box made of bubbles scrolled up the screen.
The simplicity of the exhibit doesn't fall short of complex scientific principles.
"They see principles of buoyancy and drag; the bubbles move slowly," said
Controlling the shapes of the bubbles by punching light-activated buttons is another element of the exhibit that could spark curiosity in children, he said.
"I don't want to teach the kids here," Porter said. "I want them to see something and ask. If you start building up that reaction in them to ask, to figure out how it works, then you've created a STEM professional in the future."
- What: Bubble Bits permanent exhibit
- When: Tuesday -- Sunday,
- Where: Science and
- Cost: Adults,
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