Making of Bicycle Generator for Toronto Public Library

We have been busy making a custom interactive racing exhibit for the Toronto Public Library called Bicycle Generator. This exhibit allows kids to pedal a bicycle or turn a pair of hand cranks to generate electricity on two WeWatt stations. As each side races against the other, a column of colorful LED lights begins to fill up the digital scoreboard in front of the players, signaling who is in the lead. Here are some photos of the team putting this exhibit together!

Independence Seaport Museum Exhibit Fabrication Begins

We have begun fabrication of four new exhibits for the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The exhibits will be a part of the museum’s River Alive! attraction; a brand new 4,000 square foot exhibition set to open this November. It will focus on the wonders and challenges of the Delaware River watershed, the region’s place within that system, and the sophisticated science used to understand the complex nature of the waterways. Here are some photos of the beginning stages of fabrication. The four exhibits are titled Rate the Risk, […]

Vail Community Programs Spring Field Trip

We had the pleasure of hosting a field trip for some enthusiastic students from Vail Community Programs, a collective for early childhood education that provides enriching experiences for young children in the Vail, AZ community. The kids got to interact with an array of fun exhibits: watercolor walls, ball launchers, simple machines and a kinetic rolling ball sculpture. Here are some photos from their time spent exploring the shop!

Year in Review — A Look Back at 2017

2017 has been a busy year for us at Creative Machines. Wings Over Water won Best Art Installation in Houston Press’s Best of Houston 2017 issue. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, for whom we built the endless array of interactive exhibits, won Best Museum + Best Family Fun Spot for 2017 for the Santa Barbara Independent’s Best of Santa Barbara issue, among other recognitions. These projects wouldn’t be successful without the support of the communities that continuously engage with our work, and for that we thank you. […]

Adcetris Finds New Home in Seattle!

Adcetris, a ball-machine inspired by the creation of an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) medicine that helps patients battle cancer, has found a new permanent home at Seattle Genetics! This machine was used as an attention-building means to attract doctors to the company’s booth to learn about the journey of the ADC through the bloodstream; its binding with a cell-surface receptor, and how it enters the cell to attack the cancer. The machine has been displayed at various medical conferences and facilities over the past few years before being permanently installed in […]

Watercolor Wall!

We’ve recently completed another Watercolor Wall! Watercolor Wall is an illuminated, interactive sculpture. Watercolor Walls have been installed in hospitals and children’s museums across the country. The sculpture allows people to explore a rainbow of colors with just one touch. Visitors can paint the wall by pressing their fingers to the silver rings. By holding their hands to these touch sensitive points, they can change areas of the wall to different colors along a continuously variable spectrum. Colors leak between the regions in a manner similar to how watercolor paint […]

MOXI’s Grand Opening was a Huge Success!

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation is now open! The grand opening was on February 25th and was a huge success! MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation features exhibits that inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging kids of all ages to learn new things and challenge their minds. MOXI emphasizes STEAM learning; STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

MOXI Phase 2 Install!

We’ve just finished another round of install in Santa Barbara, CA for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation! This phase of installation included Sound Machine, a ball machine exhibit inspired by the audiokinetic sculptures of George Rhoads, Handprint Globe, Build it, Test it, Race it, Giant Guitar, Innovation Wall and more. While our rotating installation team is working hard in Santa Barbara, we are wrapping up fabrication on many of the exhibits here in the shop. Many of the exhibits we have left will be shipping in the […]

MOXI Exhibits Fabrication Update!

Over the past few months we have been working diligently on the wrap up of fabrication and installation of the 30+ exhibits to be installed in MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. We have a rotating installation team in Santa Barbara while our fabrication team continues fabrication work on the remaining exhibits here at the shop. The new exhibits that are set to fill the new museum will inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging kids of all ages to learn new things and challenge their minds. It has been […]

MOXI Shipment

The first round of exhibits for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation are packed and ready to ship to Santa Barbara. Our installation team will meet the truck next week at the site to unload the exhibits included on this first phase of installation. We are finishing up design and fabrication of the remaining exhibits to be sent sometime later this month.

Acacia Elementary Field Trip

Earlier this week a group of students from Acacia Elementary came to Creative Machines for a field trip. The kids had a fun filled morning testing out exhibits and learning about our fabrication processes. The day began with a tour of the exhibits that are currently being fabricated for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Director of Exhibits, Ty Augsburger, and Electronics Department Manager, David Irving, demonstrated a number of exhibits for the students including Ring Launcher, Hangtime, Wind Column, Walk Leap Jump, White Water, Handprint Globe, Light […]

MOXI Updates

We are still hard at work creating fun and engaging exhibits for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. MOXI is currently being built in Santa Barbara, CA and is set to open early 2017. Under the direction of Ty Augsburger, our key team of exhibit designers, Josh Gill, Kat Hewey, and Kate Psych have been working vigorously alongside our exceptional electronics team, led by David Irving. The 37 exhibits that are set to fill the new museum will inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging kids of all ages to […]

MOXI Visit

In the spirit of exploration we invited a group of children to our shop to test out some of the exhibits we are currently fabricating for MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. The children, as well as our designers, had a blast investigating the many exhibits in production. It was exciting to see how interactivity ignites learning and creativity in young minds. Some of the exhibits on display included, Build it Test it Race it, Color Mixing Machine, Handprint Globe, Hangtime, Light and Shadow, Light Patterns, Magnetic Island, […]

Visiting the Thinkery

It has officially been a year since we installed many of our exhibits at the Thinkery, the New Austin Children’s Museum! In late 2013, we installed The Luancher, Build Wall Build Bench, Building with Light, Circuits, Ferrofluid, Sand Art, Simple Machines, Wax Art, Wind Lab and The Animation Workstation. After hearing that the Thinkery had over half a million visitors in the last year, we thought it would be the perfect time for us to head back and check on all of the work that we did for them. We […]

More images of Lite BiTE at ASH

Lite BiTE was a really big hit at the ASH (American Society Hematology) Annual Meeting! Lite BiTE was created as a traffic builder that was a play on the children’s toy, Lite Brite, at a monumental scale that included giant moving T cell interactions with a cancer cell. We created Lite BiTE to showcase an investigational technology, BiTE (Bispecific T cell Engager), from the biotechnology company AMGEN. The interactive exhibit allows visitors to bridge T cells and cancer cells through the use of “BiTE” pegs. Here are a few more […]

Over 2000 Videos on Thinkery Animation Channel

The Thinkery has received enormous attendance and acclaim since it opened in December with 12 of our exhibits. Our Animation Workstation Exhibit was seen a great amount of use. It allows visitors to create and share stop motion animations in conjunction with the Animation Browser. Visitors have used it to post more than 2000 videos on the Thinkery Animation Channel:

What IS Ferrofluid?! at The Thinkery

The Thinkery in Austin has featured one of our exhibits, Ferrofluid,  in a recent blog post asking, “What IS Ferrofluid?!” The post also features an interview with Josh Gill, a member of the Creative Machines team, and one of The Thinkery’s Museum Career Ladder students. As the Thinkery post explains, “Dominic got a chance to interview Josh Gill . . . about the exhibits being built, how he became a mechanical engineer, and some of the favorite things of his job. Check out the video in their post or watch it here.

Potters for Peace Update: Chiapas Mexico Project

Creative Machines worked with non-profit organization, Potters for Peace, to design a new portable water filter press. Potters for Peace sets up small factories to produce point-of-use water filters where they are needed most. These water filters solve the huge problem of getting potable water in places with very little infrastructure. Potters for Peace brings the molds, a 20-ton press, and their training to remote areas; local potters do the rest and create their own self-sustaining businesses. It is a much better model for international development than building centralized plants […]

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