New ThinkSpace Exhibit Now Open
at Providence Children’s Museum
PROVIDENCE, RI – ThinkSpace, a major new exhibit exploring spatial thinking, is now open at Providence Children’s Museum. This dynamic environment invites visitors to explore, imagine, create and experiment with shape and space through hands-on play and learning experiences.
Spatial thinking is integral to everyday life and is necessary to navigate, explore and survive in the world. People think spatially all the time – when tying shoes, reading maps, finding the way to the store, packing a suitcase, doing jigsaw puzzles, climbing rocks and cutting sandwiches in half – and they become better with practice. Spatial thinkers are architects designing buildings, pilots flying planes, doctors reading x-rays, electricians wiring houses, meteorologists predicting weather, bakers decorating cakes, geologists studying fossils and artists painting landscapes. Kids are spatial thinkers, too!
Spatial thinking is a powerful problem-solving tool and, research shows, a key to kids’ interest and success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. While spatial thinking develops over a lifetime, research suggests spatial thinking skills may be most malleable early in life and that early development of these skills increases later achievement in math and science. However, though kids learn the basics of shape and space, spatial thinking isn’t systematically taught in schools.
To build strong spatial sense and become proficient at spatial thinking, kids need hands-on opportunities to build and design in 3-D, draw maps and diagrams, and explore spaces with their whole bodies. ThinkSpace gets Providence Children’s Museum visitors thinking spatially with plenty of fun-filled opportunities for interactive play and exploration:
In celebration of ThinkSpace, the Museum is holding special programs that encourage spatial thinking:
Exhibit and programs are free with $9.00 Museum admission; free for Museum members. For more information, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org.
ThinkSpace is supported by lead sponsor National Grid, with additional support from The June Rockwell Levy Foundation.