The Science Museum of Minnesota worked with the California Science Center to develop and produce interactive and interpretive exhibits for their 33,000-square-foot Ecosystems. The exhibit fuses interactive science exhibits with the live habitats of zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens. Divided into eight thematic environments, the exhibit includes interactive components, interpretive graphics, computer, video and camera kiosks, and listening and observation stations. These allow visitors to use science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the observation of live specimens to appreciate nature and to understand that, in every ecosystem, the same fundamental ecological principles connect and shape the physical and living worlds.

Ecosystems received an Exhibit Award - Significant Achievement at the 2012 Association of Zoos and Aquariums annual conference.

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Family Discovery Room - Family Area
Family Discovery Room - Family Area
The Science Museum of Minnesota worked with the California Science Center to design this area, a space for docents to interact with visitors. Families can borrow "discovery boxes" that offer younger visitors a range of activities to help them explore.

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Desert Zone - Home Rotting Home
Desert Zone - Home Rotting Home
The Science Museum of Minnesota worked with the California Science Center to design the interpretation for this model of a dead cactus. It illustrates how even in death a cactus attracts desert life.

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Island Zone - Getting to the Island
Island Zone - Getting to the Island
The Science Museum of Minnesota developed, designed, prototyped, tested, and built this multi-user interactive. It uses simple techniques like a frog-flipper to let visitors experience how hard it can be for animals to get to an island.

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L.A. Zone
L.A. Zone
The Science Museum of Minnesota developed, designed, prototyped, tested, and built this area that helps visitors investigate the natural and man-made environments of the Los Angeles area.

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River Zone - Stream Table
River Zone - Stream Table
The Science Museum of Minnesota designed, developed, prototyped, and built this stream table. Visitors move sand and various barriers to see how rivers shape landscapes by eroding and depositing sediment.

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River Zone - Wind Wall
River Zone - Wind Wall
The Science Museum of Minnesota designed, developed, prototyped, and built several blowers that let visitors create rippling patterns on a wall of sequins. They can see that, like rivers, winds also help shape landscapes.

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Rocky Shore
Rocky Shore
The Science Museum of Minnesota designed, developed, prototyped, and built this multi-user interactive that lets visitors experience how some animals—like barnacles—can't move to catch food.

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Polar Zone
Polar Zone
The Science Museum of Minnesota designed, developed, prototyped, and built several hands-on interactives that help visitors see how humans and animals adapt to live in extreme environments, like the North and South Poles.
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