Cool Stuff

Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

Master Planning, Design, Fabrication,
Installation and Training

Discovery Place had a vision of igniting wonder by providing extraordinary learning experiences. Working collaboratively with the museum team, Hands On! with C.W. Shaw developed Cool Stuff. This physics-based exhibition embodies the vision through its rich science content and eccentric, fun design.

Our team created the immersive hands-on experience that helps visitors feel and play with physical forces at work in our world. Visitors are encouraged to have fun getting physical with physics. The result? Visitor numbers that exceeded projections.


"I have been in the science museum industry for 25 years and have worked with many firms. The Hands On! team exemplifies the pinnacle of professionals in our business. Working with them was wonderful—an exciting, fun, educational and inspiring experience. I look forward to future projects with Hands On!."

Joanie Vandenberg Philipp
Director, Major Projects,
Discovery Place


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