Week Two: Designs and Details

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Friday, June 9, 2017


Lexxi Reddington

I have really become immersed in my project at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives this past week. Along with fellow intern, Tori, I am currently working to create a museum exhibit to showcase why the history of physics matters. The Niels Bohr Library & Archives is a repository for information on the history of physics, so this topic is important in informing people about why the NBL is important. So far, I have researched and brainstormed ideas for the exhibit, selected materials to include from the archives, and developed designs for two of the three cases comprising the exhibit. I am satisfied with the design plans and excited to present them to my mentors for feedback.

Moving forward, I will finish the designs for the cases and begin reviewing the materials that Tori and I have made with our mentors, Melanie and Amanda. Upon receiving approval, the next stage of our project will be construction and implementation. I am looking forward to this stage because I will finally be able to see all of our work come together in a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing manner.

In other news, last Friday was the Astronomy on the Mall event, where all of the interns worked at the tables doing demonstrations and explaining scientific topics to the general public. It was fun to demonstrate to people the same topics that we are so passionate about, and encourage people to become more engaged in physics. I also attended a reading of the new book “Vacation Guide to the Solar System,” where authors Jana Grcevich and Olivia Koski discussed the motivation behind their book, their process in developing the book, and women in science in general. I enjoyed learning about how the authors used their science backgrounds in a playful and creative, all to encourage more people to learn about our solar system.

All in all, I am really appreciating the creative outlet that my internship has provided, while still enabling me to learn more about physics, and especially the history of physics, at the same time. The most rewarding aspect will be when I can share the final product, our exhibit cases, with others. 

Lexxi Reddington