Museum brings magic from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to Chicago area
DuPage Children’s Museum is bringing the magic of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to the Chicago area with the opening of a new exhibit, How People Make Things, on Saturday, October 27. Inspired by the factory tour segments from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television series, the exhibit tells the story of how familiar childhood objects are made and how people, ideas and technology transform raw materials into finished products. The traveling exhibit will be located on the first floor of the Museum and will be open until January 27, 2013.
How People Make Things offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects with four manufacturing processes – molding, cutting, deforming and assembly. Visitors can use a die cutter to make a box and a horse, operate a 3-axis mill to carve a block of wax, assemble parts of a real golf cart and race a robotic arm to see who assembles a replica of the signature trolley from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood faster.
“How People Make Things is wonderfully aligned with DuPage Children’s Museum’s mission to provide interactive learning experiences that stimulate curiosity, creativity, thinking and problem solving in young children,” said Sue Broad, President and CEO, DuPage Children’s Museum. “By bringing the manufacturing process to life, this exhibit gives children of all ages the opportunity to learn about and experience many of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts we incorporate into our everyday learning at the Museum.”
How People Make Things was created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Family Communications, Inc. (FCI), the producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE). The exhibit was made possible with support from the National Science Foundation and The Grable Foundation. Navistar is the lead local sponsor of How People Make Things at DCM and the exhibit is also funded in part by Caterpillar.
“This exhibit brings children close to the real stuff, the nuts and bolts of how products are manufactured, which is very easy to feel removed from these days,” says Jane Werner, Executive Director of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. “When children operate the 3-axis mill and the die cutter, issues of design, engineering and function in everyday items become very real. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!”
Everyday products featured in How People Make Things include 10,000 Crayola crayons in 90 colors, 10,000 plastic pellets, 300 ice cream cups, stop lights, cooking pans, sneakers, baseball bats, baseball mitts and Matchbox cars.
For information about hours, Museum admission and membership packages, visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org or call (630) 637-8000.