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We work with communities and organizations to craft unique designs for exhibits, educational programs, and interactive experiences that empower all curious learners through STEM, literacy, and arts education. Our innovative designs create Doers, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers; they focus on children from birth to eleven- creating a foundation for life-long learning. We'd love to work with you on your next project to provide an innovative and joyful approach to learning through hands-on, minds-on activities.
From conceptual design to exhibition design and fabrication we can help facilitate your vision and bring active learning and inquiry-based exhibitions to your institution. We can help you empower the young learners of your community.
The education staff at The DoSeum can bring years of classroom and informal education experience to you. Together, we can design inquiry-based play or developing maker-based programming for your institution that creates the learners and leaders of tomorrow.
We believe in strong community engagement throughout the entire exhibition process. That is what we did to create The DoSeum and what we do with every new exhibition. We can help you facilitate this engagement. Let’s make Doers together!
To inquire about a project(s) or for any other questions contact Meredith Doby, Vice President of Exhibits at mdoby@TheDoseum.org.
DoSeum Design Studios was hired by the McNay Art Museum to put its community-focused mission front and center in the form of a space dedicated to art creation, curation, and discovery.
We transformed their former store into an interactive space for all ages. It was truly a collaborative effort between an art museum and a children’s museum with a unique outcome.
The whole space is designed to showcase the unique features of the McNay, including its beautiful gardens and incredible collection.
Inside, visitors can explore discovery boxes in an immersive garden wall, create shadow shapes, view artworks, share their thoughts and ideas on art, and even create their own exhibition using McNay’s collection. We hope visitors leave saying they belong here as artists and Creator.
Content for the mobile museum
Working with 160 over 90 and USAA, The DoSeum helped develop the concept and content for Fort Innovate, a mobile innovation lab visiting museums across the country this summer!
Through kid-forward interactivity
We identified 5 family-friendly innovations to explore in the mobile museum: night vision, VR, drones, silly putty, and radio communication. We helped develop the exhibits and wrote the history, how it works, and fun facts for each.
Giving agency to children
The experience includes a quiz to determine what type of innovator you are: Breakthrough, Trailblazing, Sustaining, or Research. We want everyone who visits to feel a connection to the innovations created and to feel that they too are an innovator.
Design Studios developed, designed, and built a model to be taken to area schools for outreach. Children activate sensors to bring a variety of power sources to the power plant. They then must connect a series of circuits to carry the electricity through the Texas power grid to the transmission substation. Finally, children build a city that must balance the available power on its grid. The model was developed to engage a large group of children at a time.
Design Studios worked closed with the utility to develop age-appropriate content. We prototyped it at The DoSeum to get kids' feedback. We developed a system that is highly durable and transportable.
Working with Atelier Bruckner, The DoSeum helped develop the concept and content for the children's floor of the new Museum of the Future. On this innovative floor, children develop skills and earn badges to become Future Heroes.
Aligning area educational goals
We worked closely with the Dubai Future Foundation and the exhibition designers to create educational goals that aligned with the educational initiatives of Dubai. Children may explore the playful landscape or participate in challenges led by "Future Trainers." Participation will earn them "Future Skills Badges" encouraging collaboration, communication, and creativity.
A content-rich exploration of the Earth and Beyond
One feature of the floor is the Imagine Lab, in which guests explore orbs with four senses, discover what's within, and work to find similarities. The DoSeum prototyped this, and all of the labs, using culturally-relevant affinity groups. We wrote, selected, and edited the content based on this research.
DoSeum Design Studio provides a unique, hands-on approach to exhibition design by getting up close and personal with the needs of the client. To kickstart the creation of a new children’s museum in Temple, TX, we began by facilitating engaging workshops focused on STEM-based education and joyful learning to achieve the desired outcome.
We completed the Schematic Design Phase for Temple Children’s Museum in July 2019.
Design Studio team met with board members and community stakeholders for Temple Children’s Museum to learn what concepts and educational outcomes were most important and relevant to the children of Temple. We loved our conversations around the needs of this growing town.
Among stakeholders were local teachers and business owners who have a vested interest in opening access points to underserved communities in their area to provide children with more educational opportunities outside of the classroom. Improving kinder readiness was at the core of many of these conversations.
We’re excited for the potential of this former warehouse right in downtown Temple.
We also spent time in local elementary schools, providing activities for children who will benefit from the future museum, and asked them to design their own exhibitions.
From all of our research, we provided Temple Children’s Museum with interior space planning and renderings that illustrate the concepts that were most integral to TCM’s target audience. TCM plans to move forward with a capital campaign to fundraise and begin the next design phases!
We have additional DoSeum exhibits for sale in hopes that they can continue to create joyful learning and spark curiosity in children.
Unlock a child’s “inner maker” by allowing them to create in augmented and virtual reality. Visitors can design virtual objects via an easy-to-use CAD app and then upload their object to a virtual world and where they can interact with it in augmented and virtual reality. Visitors can look through soft and durable MERGE AR/VR headsets to view their creation and those of other visitors. Next, they can hold and interact with their creation in augmented reality using the MERGE Cube. Finally, they can take the experience home by purchasing a MERGE Cube and downloading the free the Object Viewer app to continue accessing their virtual object plus hundreds of others. Visitors become content creators instead of content consumers, as they design and create in AR and VR.
The DoSeum Design Studio can work with you to determine the best options for your institution. We can help design and build a custom exhibit based on your needs.
Kids choose two of their favorite interests—whether it’s the arts, space, or animals—and are given engaging information about possible future career paths.
Kids can use their job title to begin to role play. For example, a Holographic Space Transporter can operate a robot in space to fix a problem on a space shuttle. An Astro-Culinary Artist can welcome people to their 5-star restaurant on the moon.
The host organization can program the generator to give kids their first step to achieving this career. An Artificial Intelligence Designer can be encouraged to participate in a local robotics program. A Digital Nutritionist can connect with a local food bank.
This exhibit was developed in collaboration with SA2020, a local nonprofit that drives progress toward shared community goals through data indicators and public activations.
Kids and adults virtually build the city of their dreams using a variety of collectible tiles representing six core values.
Arts & Culture | Community | Nature | Education | Transportation | Health
When placed under a digital tablet, the tiles come to life revealing futuristic structures, buildings, and places. A flood occurs, and the children quickly learn which values their city needs. Only a well-balanced city, incorporating all necessary values, will survive and thrive!
Download The DoSeum City Lab app at Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
All our exhibits are in English and Spanish.
From science fairs and summer camps to educator professional development, the educational programs of The DoSeum offer San Antonio’s early learners and their caregivers a parade of opportunities to dive deeper into the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the arts, and early literacy. All our programs are rooted in constructivist principles and The DoSeum’s mission to promote joyful learning and discovery—growing minds, connecting families, and transforming communities.
Interested in learning more about inquiry-based play or developing maker-based programs? The education staff at The DoSeum can bring years of classroom and informal education experience to you. Together, we can design programming for your institution that creates the learners and leaders of tomorrow.
To inquire about a project(s) or for any other questions contact Richard Kissel, Vice President of Education at rkissel@TheDoseum.org