Innovation often occurs when a big dream or passion grips you and must be pursued. The history of aerodynamics is filled with those who dreamed big and often relentlessly followed those dreams. Exhibits with this theme highlight how ideas grow and how intense motivation can be a driving force for innovation.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Science is a process of questioning. Unexpected answers are not always recognized for their value. Keen observation and fresh eyes can often allow people to see beyond the obvious.
COLLABORATE OR COMPETE
Colleagues or competitors can spur us to achieve more than we could on our own. Peer interaction and pressure can influence us go in directions that we might otherwise ignore. This can have an impact on our ability to be innovative.
TRY, TRY AND TRY AGAIN
Innovation is neither quick nor easy. Nothing beats experience and perseverance when it comes to creating something. To be innovative, you need opportunities to create, test, tweak, re-test, and even start over. In this series of experiences, patience and observation are key in investigating materials and their properties.
LOOK TO THE WORLD
Whether we dwell in the frigid Arctic or the dense rain forest, we rely on innovative processes and the making of innovative products to survive in our various environments. Our common drive for food, shelter and water throughout the world demonstrate the diversity in innovation.