This is part of a series of posts about my thoughts and my experiences through the KOSEN-Joint Polytechnic startup program.

An old man pointed to the model of the planetary system on the pedestal, allowing the kids to touch it. The gas giants were easily the size of a small watermelon and the rocky planets size of a grape.

He looked at the children that surrounded him and the models in the eyes and asked, “So do you know how big the Sun is?”

One kid spread out his hands to the size of Jupiter. Another extended his arms fully. The young little girl commented that it’s very very big!

From behind the pedestal, he took out a piece of cloth which was neatly folded. It was dark orange in colour and looked smooth as silk.

“This is the size of the Sun. Would you all mind standing back and helped me spread this piece of cloth out on the floor?”

The kids helped the old man with the cloth, opening up the fold bit by bit till it filled the floor, the size of an elevator that fits 12 people. You can hear the children awed with surprise.

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This is Mirai-kan. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in the Odaiba district. A science center filled with – one of my favourite things – many Rube Goldberg machines~!

One of the many many Rube Goldberg machines. This one is used to demonstrate how data packets are encrypted and sent across the Internet. A 20-minute queue awaits if you wanna interact with it…

They call it a museum but I prefer to call it a science center. Perhaps my image of a museum is more of one which you look at things but this is a place where you can experience and interact with things.

Another Rube Goldberg machine. This one simulates disasters and shows how the carbon cycle affects us and how technology seeked to protect us.
Choose from a collection of 50 world maps to understand more about the past, present and future of earth, from the effects of deforestation, tsunamis to light pollution.

If there’s anything I learn from this place, it’s about two things, immersivity and surprises. I’m pretty sure that anyone who visited the place is going to remember what they have seen and experience pretty well.

If I can some how infuse this into my classroom…