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When the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum asked a team of Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) employees what led them to become an engineer, scientist or researcher, each pointed to a moment of childhood wonder as the spark of curiosity that blossomed into a career. Now, these same catalysts to innovation have a new place to work their magic.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum STEAM PARK was designed with the mission to help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and artists. And while the future of innovation is assuredly high-tech, the root of inquiry rests with the analog world of the inner workings of machines.
STEAM PARK offers the increasingly rare tactile experience of interactive mechanical exhibits, which come with names that could come right out of a Jules Verne story, such as Window Maze Ball Machine, Airfoil, Propeller Chair and a first-in-the-world digital Roulette Curve. There is even a floor-to-ceiling, multi-interactive 17th-century clock for those who see mere cogs in the machine as priceless learning opportunities. #STEAMPARK