WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Exploration Place has been awarded its first ever NASA grant of $1.25 million for a new aviation exhibit, Design Build Fly.
The new exhibit will open in December of 2017. The 5,100 square-foot Design Build Fly exhibit will engage visitors in immersive hands-on experiences that emulate aviation careers including design, engineering, manufacturing and flight. Design Build Fly features a dynamic factory setting, three exhibit icons, dozens of interactive stations and activities for all ages. The exhibit icons include a deconstructed full-sized plane, a lab modeled after the real-world process of plane design and manufacturing and a fuselage theater – a section of a commercial fuselage with behind-the-scenes footage from local companies. Museum staff is working with the award-winning company Roto to develop and produce Design Build Fly – which will be the museum’s second completely new permanent exhibit in just a little more than two years.
This accomplishment brings us another step closer to our vision of creating a robust exhibit and programming that we hope will inspire the next generation of pilots, engineers, manufacturers and a wealth of aviation professionals for years to come. We can’t wait for the community to experience it all,” Jan Luth, Exploration Place president.
The grant will also help fund several related education programs and events. Beyond the grant, Exploration Place has raised more than $605,000 for the exhibit.