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An ‘Exsciting’ time for children at Waikato Museum

Waikato Museum’s Exscite centre relaunched with exciting add-ons (Photo Supplied)

Praneeta Mahajan
Hamilton, April 4, 2023

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato’s interactive centre for discovery, Exscite, has undergone the first stage of an extensive redevelopment project to be revealed to the public on Saturday 1 April.

Located on the Museum’s ground floor, the experience is called ‘Exscite: Home’ and showcases the way science is an integral part of everyday life in a fun and approachable way.

“We cannot wait to share this fresh new experience with our Hamilton Kirikiriroa communities, as Exscite is a lifelong favourite for many local families,” said Liz Cotton, Director of Museum and Arts, Waikato Museum.

 

From left to right- Liz Cotton (Director Museum and Arts) Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate and Jon Primmer (Exscite project lead) (Image Collated by INL)

Ideas come alive

Ms Cotton said, “This redevelopment has involved months of stimulating research, experimentation, and construction, drawing on many sources including maatauranga Maaori (knowledge). It has been a real team effort, from staff handcrafting fabric kowhai flowers to improving the much-loved grain machine. The downstairs space has been completely refurbished and our visitors are going to love exploring new interactives alongside well-known features.”

“Exscite: Home will provide the opportunity for tamariki of all ages to get hands-on engaging with scientific concepts – and have a wonderful time while doing it.”

Curator Jon Primmer, who has overseen the redevelopment said, “Science is social, it is about connections, it is everything from the big bang to what is happening in your backyard. We want to kickstart conversations and encourage our visitors of all ages to engage and explore. We hope that Exscite will be a place that continues to plant and nurture the seeds of learning and discovery.”

Mayor Southgate with young guests for the relaunch event (Photo Supplied)

Designed to appeal

Excite: Home has been designed to appeal to curious young minds through tactile and immersive surroundings. Themed to evoke a domestic residence, it includes a productive garden filled with soft fabric fruits and vegetables that can be ‘harvested’ and stored in the garden’s pataka kai. This traditional storehouse has been given an eye-catching contemporary twist by artists Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole, renowned for their vibrant crochet installations.

Other interactive aspects include a real-time representation of the Moon and its phases, and a speed track that allows you to measure your pace in units displayed on the big screen – you can even see how fast you run compared to a worm. A towering tree with sound and light features can be activated from a circuitry board, and the rewards from making the connections are beautiful.

A highlight of the new space is a ‘firepit’ located in the centre of the space, surrounded by seating. Visitors will be able to activate recordings and hear local stories and waiata or share their knowledge in the communal setting.

Museum favourite

Exscite opened at Waikato Museum in 1996 as the region’s first science centre for children. The launch of Exscite: Home is the first phase of ongoing redevelopment and has been supported by the Friends of Waikato Museum through a financial contribution toward the garden area.

Future plans include redeveloping the upper floor of Exscite with an emphasis on scientific concepts aligned with Aotearoa New Zealand’s school curriculum, focusing on our place on the Waikato River, and providing an engaging learning space outside of the classroom.

Being a favourite among young minds, keen to explore, Exscite relaunch has been welcomed by all the children who came in over the weekend to experience the new activities and spend the day at the Museum.

Praneeta Mahajan is an Indian Newslink reporter based in Hamilton.

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