With its play versions of cables, control systems, motors, towers and transformers, Kid Grid offers a hands-on way to introduce children to smart energy choices; to reinforce science, technology, engineering and mathematics education; and to build interest in energy careers.
"With today's society being so interactive, we've created an exhibit that kids are going to be able to interact with," he said. "This is a one-of-a-kind exhibit that gets kids involved in this field at such an early age."
The central feature of the Kid Grid, and the favorite part of
"From a play perspective, kids are completely curious about the world," she said. "This exhibit allows kids to put themselves at control of a power system and to imagine a future where they can control the world's power. This can be a track for success at school."
With the growing prominence of RTP, it should come as no surprise that an exhibit on
"We know there is an important conversation happening in the world about the future of energy," said
Construction on the exhibit began in January.
Two years ago, ABB, a power and automation technologies developer, announced a
"It's been awesome. The exhibit has completely come from the kids," Hartley said. "The similarity between the original sketches to the way it looks now is uncanny."
Added Edwards, "Other power exhibits have a lot of words and are aimed at a whole different audience. Kid Grid is a very innovative way of exposing students to power grids."
Also, Kid Grid was designed specifically to appeal to girls, according to Edwards.
"For whatever reason of societal cues, girls are not interested in
The exhibit faces
The new rings adorning Marbles exterior work both for esthetic and practical purposes.
"The rings double as solar shading and showing the outside world what Marbles is all about," Edwards said.
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