ABB funds power grid exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum

ABB has provided a $1 million grant to fund Kid Grid, a play-based power grid exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, N.C. The exhibit was constructed to generate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in young children.

Kid Grid, which opens this weekend introduces young children to electricity and power grid technology through hands-on, minds-on play. Kids explore a pretend power grid and learn how to make smart energy choices. The exhibit’s designers hope to inspire the next generation of great minds through interaction and energy stimulation to power up a bright future.

ABB employees and families collaborated with Team Marbles during initial design, brainstorming creative ways to get kids talking about energy. Engineers and experts from ABB continued to provide guidance and knowledge throughout design and construction to ensure Kid Grid accurately reflects a real power grid. Kid Grid is complete with play versions of cables, control systems, motors, towers and transformers as well as real equipment provided by ABB.

ABB photo

ABB photo

ABB and Marbles announced the project in October 2012 as the single-largest gift in the museum’s history. Kraemer Design and Production of Cincinnati designed the exhibit, and fabrication began in fall 2013 at Pacific Studio, an exhibit production company in Seattle. In partnership with Wake County, Marbles began construction of the building addition in December 2013. In April, exhibit components were shipped 2,851 miles from Seattle to Raleigh to be reassembled at Marbles.

“It is our hope that by engaging children at a young age, we can inspire them for a lifetime,” said Greg Scheu, CEO of ABB North America. “At ABB, we think a lot of the discrepancy between the U.S. and other nations lies in the lack of exposure to the industry, and with Kid Grid, we hope to begin fixing that.”

Click here for more information on the exhibit.

-Bill O’Leary




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