The Maryland Science Center is one of Baltimore’s premier attractions, with its natural history and science exhibitions. Its prime location at the base of Federal Hill, overlooking the Inner Harbor, is also a major draw.
The Maryland Science Center — Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith
Determined to turn kids on to science by engaging and entertaining them, the center prides itself on creating outstanding and innovative exhibitions.
Through this month, and until September 2nd, the Maryland Science Center and M & T Bank are presenting a different type of exhibition, one that requires kids to put on their thinking caps in a unique way. The Sherlock Holmes and Clocktower Mystery is a fun and interactive exhibit that’s perfect for little detectives that enjoy a bit of mystery. It’s a creative way to get children to use deductive reasoning.
Visitors walk through each of eight locations that correspond to a chapter in the Clocktower story. The chapters, which visitors get to read, are between 200 and 400 words, the perfect length for active young minds. Each visitor gets a detective guide to jot down notes, as well as suspects and clues that they come up with as they walk through the exhibit. The Science Center even replicates the sights, sounds, and smells of London in the early 20th century in the Clocktower Mystery exhibit.
After visitors believe they have the murderer’s identity, or have gone through all 8 chapters and locations, they are greeted with one last adventure - presenting their case to one of the character's from the story. This is considered an interactive consultation where they must answer questions about their conclusions. All in all, it’s a wonderful exercise that teaches kids how to use reasoning and defend a position.
The Sherlock Holmes’ Clocktower Exhibit is destined to be a popular and educational exhibit for young visitors. Its design is aimed at showing a different way of tapping into science.