Designing and Prototyping an Interactive Exhibition at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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Project Abstract

The goal of this project was to aid The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in communicating the importance of ice core research as evidence for climate change by recommending designs for an interactive exhibition. To achieve this goal, our team developed, prototyped, and tested potential exhibition designs through an iterative process that allowed for improvements to be made based on visitor feedback. We used this feedback to gauge the visitor experience of our exhibition and to establish proof of our concept. Our team created a final design and recommendations for Te Papa to consider for their exhibition.

Student Team

  • Edward Andrews
  • Juliana Cabello
  • Tristin Carlton
  • Holly Gagnon
  • Malachi Nelson


  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


  • Professor Michael Elmes, WPI
  • Professor Carolina Ruiz, WPI