Case Study: Partnering for Experiential Education

Education Service Center Region 19  (ESC-19) in El Paso, Texas has been a client of Exhibit Concepts for more than 20 years. It all started back in 2003, when Exhibit Concepts partnered with ESC-19’s Head Start program to bring the IntelliZeum to life. At the time, it was the first Head Start interactive learning center in the United States. To this day, the unique facility still proudly serves more than 4,500 Head Start students annually in El Paso and Hudspeth counties.

In 2019, ESC-19‘s Head Start program approached Exhibit Concepts with a request to design and fabricate a new, nature-focused learning center. The facility, which was built from the ground up, is located 40 miles from the IntelliZeum in a rural part of ESC-19’s district, serving lower-income families. 

Leaning on the fundamentals of Interpretative Planning, Exhibit Concepts put together a unique proposal for ESC-19. The plan called for a dual-zone approach, with a heavy emphasis on Exhibit Concepts’ NEXT Lab technologies and interactives.

The project aimed to embrace both the region’s culture and geography. It featured both a prelude and postlude storytelling element encompassing both experiences. The NatureZeum called on all aspects of the Exhibit Concepts team, from design and schematics within our creative department to content development and production from NEXT Lab and in-house fabrication work from our production shop. 

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