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Local Interest
“MOVE IT! The Art, Science and Fun of Toy Design!” on exhibit until October 1
In MOVE IT!, Kingman Museum pulls back the curtain on the design process from initial ideas to prototyping to final designs and distribution. Meet a duo of product designers who are rocking the toy world with their problem-solving skills and adding fun along the way. This exhi- bition shares a glimpse into the dynamic design world and work of Jon and Sarah Vanderbeek of Sweet Spot Studio, Inc.
Jon Vanderbeek has a background merging technology and toy design with invention think tanks you probably never heard of like The Obb and Bang Zoom. Sarah Vanderbeek has worked in product design with many gift and apparel com- panies including Coach, Amscan and Russ Berrie. This creative team formed Sweet Spot Studios, Inc., and they partner and consult with industry leaders includ- ing Mattel, Hasbro and Fisher Price.
News From Kingman Museum
Come play, learn and laugh as you explore the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.) and how all of this makes toys move!
Exhibit co-designed and debuted 2017 by Jon & Sarah Vanderbeek of Sweet Spot Studios, Inc. and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Original graphic design by North- bound Studio. Now on loan from the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
Learn about the solar eclipse in August!
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The 2017 eclipse in either to- tal or partial phase can be seen by over 500 million people in North and South America, Europe and Africa. In the U.S., millions will gather along a tiny ribbon less than 100 miles wide to see the total- ity, the complete blocking out of the sun by the Moon which will reveal the solar corona. The rest of the country will see
a partial eclipse; Michigan will see about 80 percent. The last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from sea to sea was June 8, 1918.
To learn more about the solar eclipse and the science of eclipses in general, they’ll be the topic of discussion at Wil- lard Library at 6:30pm, August 17. Rep- resentatives from Kingman Museum will be discussing eclipse science, providing demonstrations as well as showing a short video and PowerPoint presentation. This event is free, open to the public and in- tended for guests over eight years old.
Then, join us for our eclipse watch party from 1-4pm on Kingman Museum’s lawn! The eclipse should peak at 2:20pm. The party is free, just bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Safety glasses to safely view the eclipse will be needed, though – look- ing directly at the eclipse, causes eye damage. The museum has eclipse safety glasses on sale for $2. Space-themed re- freshments will be provided.

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