Inside, the Kiewit Luminarium has an industrial look with exposed mechanical, electrical and plumbing, exposed structure/steel and panelized plywood on the walls.
The facility includes classroom and field trip space, maker space, multiple exhibit areas, a café, a gift shop, administrative space and an exhibit workshop area. Kiewit has constructed structural elements for large-scale, immersive exhibits, including Stella, a stellated dodecahedron; a geometric climber for whole body math-learning; and The Grid, a two-story tower with 360-degree exposure.
Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will explore and learn through engagement with hands-on exhibit and program experiences organized around STEM-related themes:
Find Yourself – Humans as collections of cells, individual identities and societies
Dig Deeper – Landscape, environment, design, engineering, construction, agriculture and more
Catch Waves – Universal physical phenomena: light, motion, energy, sound and electricity
Make It Count – Immersive geometry, numbers sense and financial literacy
“I hope kids go back to their schools and get inspired about what’s possible for them — becoming an engineer, a mathematician, an accountant or a chemist,” said Bruce Grewcock. “I hope the Luminarium opens up their minds to more great career opportunities.”
Trent Demulling adds, “After coming to the Luminarium, I hope that visitors have been inspired, that they’ve smiled, that they’ve had fun, that they’ve laughed while they’ve been in there, and that they can’t wait to go back.”
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