Design Zone

What does it take to create a video game, line up rhythms like the best DJs, or design a roller coaster that produces the biggest thrills? Whether it is art, music or engineering, it takes math and science to meet these design challenges. In Design Zone, you can go behind the scenes and see how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do the amazing things they do.

Step into a DJ recording studio and discover how many beats per second it takes to get bodies moving on the dance floor. Go behind the scenes at a bike race where you can test gear combinations, then pedal to victory as you compete against two other riders on three challenging courses. Enter a video game design studio, figure out the formulas you need to create the on-screen action, then leap through to the next level of your game challenge. Through it all, you’ll solve real-world challenges and discover how math and science are essential to the creative process.

We know that our visitors come to have fun—and to learn! Design Zone focuses on creative problem solving using algebraic thinking in a context that is relevant, educationally rich and marketable. The exhibit is designed for families and school groups with a special emphasis on reaching 10 to 14-year-olds.

Check out our Design Zone website for additional information about this exciting exhibit.

Availability Timeframe  
Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Summer 2019
Fall 2019
Spring 2020
  • Requires a minimum of 6,000 sq. ft.
  • Over 23 exhibits: hands-on interactives, computer-based activities, graphic panels and text
  • Accompanying website
  • Instruction Manual and technical support
  • Teachers Guide and Floor Staff Training Guide
  • Marketing Kit
Cost & Rental Terms 
  • Rental fee is $90,000 for a 3 month booking; double bookings available at a discount
  • Shipped in three 53 ft. trucks
  • Deposit required upon booking
  • 10 days estimated for installation and takedown
Credit Line 

Design Zone was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit was made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.