Happy girl engaging in a STEM activity.

Navigating The Tech Interactive

November 28, 2023

A Sensory-Friendly Adventure for Neurodiverse Explorers: New planning tools to help you prepare for a comfortable, stress-free visit

Happy girl engaging in a STEM activity.

A visit to The Tech Interactive is a fun, hands-on way to experience STEM. But what is it like inside and what can I expect to do? Not knowing can be intimidating or prevent some people from wanting to visit.

As a part of our ongoing work to create a more welcoming and inclusive space for everyone, we have developed two sensory-friendly tools to help plan your visit. These tools were developed with help and consultation from Debbie Drennan, Assistive Technology Specialist.

  • Read our Social Story to see what an average visit to The Tech might look like. 
  • Use our Sensory Guide to find sensory-friendly spaces or determine the levels of light, sounds, smell, and thought throughout the Interactive.

Both tools are works in progress and we appreciate any input you may have to make them better so that all families can feel comfortable visiting. Let us know what you think about these tools and what other resources you would like to see at The Tech by taking our short survey here or clicking on the link below.

Guides for Visitors

We recognize we may not have accounted for all sensitivities. Please speak with any member of our Visitor Services team if you or your family need additional assistance.

Sensory Guide

Sensory Guide is a tool for informing visitors what sensory challenges they may face while visiting an unfamiliar location.

Social Story

Our Social Story has images and short descriptions of what to expect on a typical visit to The Tech.


We want to hear from you so we can do better! Let us know what you thought of our new sensory tools by completing this short survey.