NUTRIEN CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM CREATE SPACE WILL SPARK CURIOSITY
July 17, 2018 | All stories »
July 17, 2018 • Saskatoon, SK – The Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum is less than a year away from opening a world-class facility in Saskatoon’s beloved Mendel Building. The Museum will be a place where children and their families can come together to explore science, culture, and art.
The new museum, with unique exhibits, educational programming and commitment to diversity and local heritage, will become a creative springboard for the children of Saskatoon and surrounding communities, fostering a lifelong love of learning.
One of the 11 permanent exhibits will be the Create Space and Create Space Workshop. Create Space is a highly changeable gallery for creators and makers. Located on the lower level, it is designed for collaboration as well as for individual or facilitated efforts. Taking advantage of the wall of windows overlooking the riverbank, the space will consist of bright, task-focused areas joined by shared work stations. Every part of the gallery will be filled with activities to inspire creativity, which really spoke to David and Janice Paslawski and their family, who were some of the earliest donors to support the Create Space Exhibit. At the Create Counter, children will be invited to dive into a project of their own or join with other visitors to make a shared vision come to life. Amanda McReynolds Doran, Executive Director of the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum, calls the Create Space Exhibit “the central hub for creativity in the Museum.”
Within Create Space is the Create Space Workshop, which is a secure area filled with more advanced tools and operations including drilling, soldering and sanding. By encouraging children to use tools they would not normally have access to, the exhibit allows them to explore new ways to learn and grow. “One of the things that I am most excited about is the 3D printer,” says McReynolds Doran. “We’re so pleased to have both Co-Op Community Spaces and North Prairie Developments supporting the Create Space Workshop. All of us can’t wait to see look of wonder that will be on the children’s faces as they get to try that technology for the very first time.”
The Workshop will also be a space where children can explore activities like coding and robotics. The range of programming that will be offered is extensive and appropriate for all elementary school grades. The Classroom located behind the Workshop will enable groups to have a space to discuss what they’ve experienced in the Museum and assist educators to relate it to their curriculums.
“The entire Museum will be a place where the children of our community will be able to dream bigger than they thought they could. They will have the chance to show us who they are going to be,” shares Amanda McReynolds Doran. “That transformation and growth in the next generation is a powerful thing to be a part of.”
The Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum fosters creativity, curiosity and a lifelong love of learning in the children of Saskatchewan. Donations to the Kid Approved Campaign can be made online at www.kidapproved.ca or by contacting the Museum.
Amanda McReynolds Doran, Executive Director