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Lemelson Center offering chance to help design their next exhibit
April 30, 2010

Our friends at The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation – in collaboration with The Tech Virtual at the Tech Museum in California – is offering the public the chance to contribute ideas and prototype design concepts for the center's next exhibition, tentatively titled "Places of Invention."

The Tech Virtual project uses the virtual world Second Life to create invention and science-based exhibit content for museums, allowing the Lemelson Center to collect fresh ideas and utilize the most innovative tools available. Public can contribute work in three categories:

  1. Design an interactive exhibit space that allows museum visitors to model their own place of invention
  2. Design an activity that encourages museum visitors to practice collaboration
  3. Use a virtual environment or other design tools to model the contributor’s own place of invention

Contributors may use any tool – digital or non-digital to document and illustrate their ideas – use of Second Life is not required.

More information and submissions guidelines are no longer available.

About The Lemelson Center

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History through a gift from the Lemelson Foundation. The center is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. For more information, visit: