IBM THINK Exhibit Opens at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot

Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:30am EST

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Exciting educational experience extends into classrooms with free lesson plans
and mobile apps
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.,  Feb. 20, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of 
National Engineers Week,IBM (NYSE:  IBM) teamed up with  Orlando-area high
school teachers and students today to unveil IBM THINK, a new interactive
experience in  INNOVENTIONS West at Epcot  at Walt Disney World Resort. The
6,600 square-foot interactive exhibit is designed to showcase how the world can
work better with the help of technology and innovation.  The THINK experience
presented by IBM explores how technology transforms the way we live and work.

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To keep visitors inspired after experiencing the exhibit and encourage others to
attend, IBM also announced free science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
 lesson plans  for middle and high school science teachers, along with a
companion app for Apple  iPads  and 10"  Android  tablets. The lesson plans
enable teachers to use the IBM THINK exhibit content to help students understand
the process of innovation, while the THINK Exhibit app brings those lessons to
life.

The THINK exhibit engages visitors through a unique combination of experiences.
They include a 40-foot "gesture wall" that reveals the ebb and flow of data in
our daily lives through colorful visualizations of information such as traffic,
solar energy and air quality IBM is also providing game stations, an
inspirational film about making the world work better, and a self-guided
interactive tour.  The exhibit shows how progress is made possible by a
combination of people and technology, and by the purposeful way humans have
approached the process of innovation.   

"During the past century, IBM has played a key role in making the world work
better," said  Lee Green, VP Brand Experience and Strategic Design at IBM. "The
THINK exhibit features stories and engaging experiences that appeal to Epcot
guests from around the world."

The new exhibit is based on IBM's 2011 THINK pop-up exhibit at  New York's
Lincoln Center, developed for the company's Centennial.  

STEM Lessons on Innovation

To put the concepts of IBM THINK into practice, IBM worked with the  New York
Hall of Science  to develop STEM lessons plans, now available for free online on
 Teachers TryScience, to inspire students to  act as innovators  in their daily
lives.  Their release intentionally coincides with Engineers Week, an annual
program created by the  National Engineers Week Foundation  to inspire current
and future generations to pursue study and careers in science and engineering.  


The educational material is brought to life by apps based on the THINK exhibit.
Through thousands of images and historical anecdotes, the IBM THINK exhibit app
tells stories of the history of progress, from space exploration to weather
prediction and medical advances.  

The lesson plans and apps help students better understand some of the scientific
concepts behind the THINK exhibit and inspire them to be innovators.

"The THINK lessons provide an engaging way to enable students to learn STEM
concepts in a real-world context," said  Danielle Miller, Astronomy and Physical
Science Teacher at University High School in  Florida. "The THINK app and
lessons have made my students see the process of innovation in a way they never
have before. THINK has helped my students become scientists."  

Some of the THINK lessons include:

* THINK:  The Process of Innovation - Provides an overview of the concept and
process of innovation, using the THINK app  
* Fight the Flu -- Introduces students to the science of epidemiology including
factors associated with the spread and prevention of disease

The lessons are featured on  Teachers Try Science, a free, critically acclaimed
web site that provides middle and high school science educators with high
quality lessons integrated with practical and engaging teaching techniques.  The
process of discovery used in the material encourages students to see, map,
understand, believe and act on knowledge. More lessons will be released in
Spring 2013.

About INNOVENTIONS at Epcot
INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in
 Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Creativity and imagination abound as guests
celebrate inspiration and the innovations that improve their lives and expand
their horizons.  Hands-on, interactive exhibits allow children and adults to be
immersed into ideas that inform, entertain and inspire.  For more information on
INNOVENTIONS, visit  www.innoventions.disney.com.  

For more information about the IBM THINK exhibit, visit:

* Citizen IBM Blog
* IBM Smarter Planet blog
* www.ibm.com/think
* Twitter: Join the conversation at #IBM #THINK  
* Flickr
* YouTube

Contact:
Lisa Lanspery
IBM Media Relations
(914) 499-6532
lisalanspery@us.ibm.com

Ari Fishkind
IBM Media Relations
(914) 499-6420
fishkind@us.ibm.com

 

 

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