Original Exhibits Design Challenge

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Lobeck Taylor Original Exhibit Design Challenge

Want to design an exhibit for the new Discovery Lab opening at Gathering Place at the end of this year?

In 2015, Discovery Lab launched its “Exhibit Design Challenge” with the creation of the Challenge Labs in the Main Hall of the museum. Through a grant from the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, the museum challenged visitors to participate in the design, development, and prototyping of collaborative challenges.

That next year, the design challenge moved into schools and teams of students designed and prototyped exhibit ideas to pitch to the museum’s leadership team.  Exhibits that came from the challenge include: Solar Car Races, Laser Maze, Human Fussball, and The Floor is Lava.

Thanks to the ongoing support of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, the exhibit design challenge continues in the schools—and, for the first time, in an open call to the public.


Watch a video to learn more about the guidelines for the 2021 Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Original Exhibits Design Challenge.

How do I participate?

  • Individuals or teams enrolled in grades 6-12 may register to submit a design on the museum’s website
  • Registrants will receive a Google Form to submit their final design
  • Design submissions must include 3 images and a paragraph detailing the concept
  • Google Sheets may be used to present the design, but should not exceed 5 pages


Registration information must be completed in full for each participant in order for your design submission to be reviewed.

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What do I win?

The winning exhibit design will be produced and showcased at Discovery Lab at Gathering Place when it opens towards the end of 2021. Credit will be given to the designer(s) in the exhibit and in supporting materials.

Honorable mentions may be published in a press release following the May 14, 2021 announcement of the winning submission.


By submitting this design, I agree that it may be used across all Discovery Lab platforms and in promotional materials (the “Material”).  All designs become the property of Discovery Lab.  No monetary compensation will be received in exchange for the Material.  I agree that Discovery Lab may edit the Material, use and license others to use any version of the Material in all manner and media, now known or hereafter devised, worldwide without limitation. I expressly release Discovery Lab, their underwriters, licensees and assigns from any privacy, defamation or other claims I may have arising out of the broadcast, exhibition, publication, promotion and other uses of the Material containing my design therein.