Through partnerships with community-based youth programs, “Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists” engaged teens in the actual design and shaping of the content for parts of the exhibition and programs.

Youth Astronomy Apprentices from Boston prototype "Got Gravity?"
Our diverse group of teen collaborators helped develop new ideas for increasing the conceptual, emotional, and physical accessibility of the exhibit experience, thereby enhancing visitor learning and engagement. Partnership organizations in this effort include:

The Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship Program, MIT

During the summer of 2007, a team of seven apprentices developed a set of black hole exhibit prototypes to be included in the official prototype gallery at the Museum of Science, Boston, and presented in youth outreach programs throughout the following school year. Two of these components (Got Gravity? and Hollywood Presents Black Holes!) are now on display in the final exhibition.

In addition, the apprentices met with members of the exhibit design team to share their ideas and offer feedback on the developing exhibition, and to produce theatrical presentations related to black holes.

Learn more about the Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship here.

Teens at the Chabot Space & Science Center
prototype their black holes media projects

Galaxy Explorers Black Hole Youth Media Team, Chabot Space & Science Center

During the summer of 2008, a team of 11 teen interpreters developed a portfolio of black hole media components during an intensive three-week media institute. Their creations were presented to their fellow Galaxy Explorers this fall and are now featured within the Black Hole Explorer’s journals.

Learn more about the Black Holes Media Institute and see the final projects here.

Read what the San Francisco Chronicle had to say about this experience here.

Ace of Space Club, Goddard Space Flight Center/Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Baltimore, MD

During the spring of 2008, the Ace of Space astronomy club developed a set of educational activities to be prototyped as part of the “Big Explosions, Strong Gravity” workshop in Baltimore, MD. Activities included a hands-on demonstration, a maze, a puzzle, and an interactive quiz show.

Learn more about Big Explosions, Strong Gravity here.