For the first program, the Maker Corp Members (MCM) were inspired by the movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, now showing at The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation!
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar shows how the lemur’s habitats are under threat, particularly by slash-and-burn agriculture. It also shows the ways scientists and local villages are trying to help the lemurs. The MCMs invited guests to help our lemurs get out of harms way by creating air powered rescue vehicles.
The lemurs were trapped in a tree on fire, but lucky for them there was a zip line connecting their tree to another. Guests were asked to create a carrier to hold the lemurs, attach the carrier to a balloon and find a way to connect it to the zip line.
Once connected, the guests took the clip off the opening of the balloon and let it fly! This was challenging, as designers had a lot of factors to consider, such as balance weight, speed, friction, trajectories, and momentum. MCMs were excited to see lots of guests make adjustments and try multiple ways of getting their vehicle across the zipline!
Through the designer's efforts, an incredible amount of rescue vehicles traveled across our zip line. 660 people came to play during the program’s 6-session run. The MCMs want to thank everyone who made the initial program a success, and can not wait to find what the next program will bring!
Lauren Cage and Jose Seneris are the residential Maker Corp Members at The Tech Museum of Innovation.