In 2017, Science World embarked on what could be described as its own large-scale tinkering project: a brand-new gallery conceived of and designed in collaboration with WorkSafeBC.
WorkSafeBC partnered with Science World to develop Tinkering Space because they know firsthand how important it is to reach young learners before they enter the workforce.
Cheryl Dulay, a WorkSafeBC Prevention Officer in Occupational Safety, explains: “We have regulations specific to young workers because based on our analysis, they may be more at risk.”
With evidence that young and new workers often lack the proper training, Science World and WorkSafeBC endeavoured to develop innovative, hands-on and engaging exhibits with health and safety in mind.
Three years later, Tinkering Space: The WorkSafeBC Gallery is one of the most popular spots in the iconic dome. Its colourful and informative walls have hosted workshops with over 10,000 participants.
Through building blocks and interactive displays, learners become familiar with the importance of health and safety. They then integrate those learnings as vital components of both work and play.
On the Safe Side
Carli says there’s an organic connection between tinkering and workplace safety. "It's really important when you’re tinkering that you know how to use the tools safely to solve your problem. And, the more tools you know, the more you can explore."
The WorkSafeBC exhibits draw many visitors and engage them for long periods of time.
Like Drop Spot, a sort of reverse-strongman game that tests the protective strength of different helmets and hard hats. Visitors pull a lever to drop a weight from different heights. A gauge swings to display how much force the helmets absorb.
“It’s amazing how quickly kids get it. They get it instantly,” Carli says. “Kids will stand there for so long, trying it over and over and over again. They test all the different variables, learning so much. It's just really awesome to see.”