Science Gallery International today announced its first new pop-up ‘Science Gallery Lab’, in partnership with Michigan State University. Acting as a bridge between Detroit and the Michigan State University campus, Science Gallery Lab Detroit will open its doors in autumn 2017.
Science Gallery Labs are a new addition to the existing Global Science Gallery Network, which currently has locations in Dublin, London, Melbourne, Bengaluru and Venice. Each Science Gallery Lab will be a three-year long community-led programme with a rapid development cycle, agile operations and strong social goals. Featuring participative experiences aimed at inspiring and engaging 15-25 year olds, Science Gallery Labs will blend art, science, and technology to ensure access to STEAM-related content and conversations for local young people.
“Science Gallery Labs will be the ‘innovation engine’ of the Global Science Gallery Network, building on the groundbreaking work of Science Gallery and reinventing it in experimental, uncommon and creative ways. We are incredibly excited of the pivotal role of Michigan State University to keep pushing the boundaries of the whole Network.” said Dr. Andrea Bandelli, Executive Director of Science Gallery International. “We believe in the creative potential of young people to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. We are very excited that our first Lab will be in North America and we are striving to share the Lab model in Latin America and Africa in the near future.”
Speaking in advance of today’s announcement, Michigan State University Provost June Pierce Youatt said: "This is the next generation of outreach and engagement for the land-grant university, a new interpretation that isn't about providing answers, but about working alongside others to formulate big questions and spark new ways of answering them. Science Gallery is for both the curious and those who have never had an opportunity to be introduced to science in ways that caused them to be curious. Science Gallery uses all the ways we think, all the ways we explore, and all the ways we play to encourage learning—and MSU is proud to bring this experience to Detroit.”
Troy Livingston, Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the development of the first Science Gallery Lab project here in Detroit, where I was born. Michigan State University is one of the world’s greatest research universities, so it is both fitting and an honor to join with the other leading universities that make up the Global Science Gallery Network to do the important work of engaging 15-25 year-olds with ideas that will transform them and the world through art and science.”
Science Gallery International was established in 2012 with the support of Google.org and the aim of creating the world’s first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. In addition to Science Gallery locations at Trinity College Dublin and soon Detroit, galleries and programmes are currently in development at King’s College London, the University of Melbourne, the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with expansion into Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia planned by 2020.