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See the Food System Come to Life with our Interactive Exhibit

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

A few months back, we saw a proposal that caught our eye. It was the Bisbee Science Exploration and Research Center’s first call for proposals (BSERC), and it was billed as a collaboration between the Science Center and the Central School Project. They were “encouraging science-minded and arts-centric persons to design, build, and install an interactive “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) exhibit on the theme of food,” and we thought it sounded exactly like something Solstead would be all about.

Naturally, we all came together and submitted a proposal. The idea was to create a visual, immersive experience encompassing all things related to growing your own food. From soil, to planting, to composting and worms, we wanted to touch on everything involved with turning seeds and soil into food.

It’s a big idea fit into a small space. The final product will be multi-case design to mimic the experience of being underground, complete with roots and worms dangling overhead. There will be a board explaining the basic science behind the food cycle (how decomposing organic material becomes soil in which we can grow more food), as well as a compost bin that visitors can turn.

There will be interactive pieces that help you understand the necessary carbon and nitrogen that is in compost (the browns and greens), as well as movable mushrooms and more. We are working to make the food system and composting as accessible to young children as possible.

The Grand Opening will be October 11th at 478 N Dart Road in the new Bisbee Science Lab located within the Mine Tour in Bisbee. We hope to see you all there!

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