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How to design science parks?

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From the moment they enter the science park, visitors are immersed in a story in which they are the protagonists. Sometimes the path of this story takes them by the hand like a guide and leads them into an unknown world. Sometimes they realize how special everyday events can be. The park games are so impressive and attractive that many children visit the science museum again and again. But how effective design can create these attractions is a topic our design team addresses in this article.

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Credits: eqsci / View of Najaf Science Park in Iraq

What are the parts of science park design?

For us, these sections are like a few questions to ask ourselves. First, what is the theme of this science park? Who do we want to design it for, and what age group is it for? How much space do we have available? How much budget is allocated for the project? And most importantly, how much time do we have for implementation?

Which goals are considered in design?

The main goal of all science parks is to convey scientific concepts to visitors in a fun and interactive way. Naturally, the success of the park depends on this. But in general, the goals of the science park’s stakeholders also play a role in selecting the theme.

What are our strategies for science park success?

We have to be innovative. We always want to come up with the idea that is the first of its kind, using new technologies and creative design principles. On the other hand, telling an exciting story helps guests see and immerse themselves in part of the story. But suppose we want these experiences to become a memory and visitors to come back, that alone is not enough, and we need to create deep feelings, from joy and sadness to feelings of pride, all of which contribute to the permanence of these experiences. Another critical point is the variety of games and shows because it ensures that all guests are involved.

What tools do you use to create a good environment?

There are lighting and structural elements. For example, graphic design, colours, and even VR glasses and AR augmented reality technology.

What spaces does a science park include?

It includes exhibition halls and galleries, offices, and support services. There is another essential part, which is the administrative part. This area should be completely separate from the exhibition halls so as not to disturb them and so that employees can access their workspace without having to go through the galleries. This includes the CEO’s office, supervisor, conference room, VIP, break room, and aqueduct. Auxiliary services also include parking, escalator, elevator, fire department, storage, security systems, and alarm system.

Finally, scientific topics are very diverse, and designers must work with various experts on each project. So what is unique about science park design is that new things are discovered and created each time.

How do we control student disobedience in a park? 

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Let me tell you a story that has been repeated many times! Some time ago, a group of students visited one of our science parks. Apparently, before entering the park, the teachers lost control of their students, and they tried to guide and control the students with a harsh and insulting tone. When they entered the science park, we led the supervisors into the guide room and asked them to let our tour leaders lead the students. Moments later, when our tour leaders controlled students, one of these surprised teachers came forward and asked us to explain to him how we did it?!! Attract and control disobedient students without yelling or threatening?!

Credits: eqsci / LG Brand Project

Sometimes in counselling sessions, teachers ask us, “How can we keep a cool head when some students deliberately refuse to do various things, lie, and show aggression and stubbornness?”

We know that it is challenging to stay calm in front of them. Many trainers and teachers try different solutions, but they do not work. Our first recommendation for a successful solution is to consider the importance of pathology and then take appropriate action.

Causes of disobedience and its solutions 

Attracting attention

Some students try to get attention by making their classmates laugh. If these people do not get enough attention for some reason, these kinds of behaviours can fill that void. A positive relationship between teacher and student is very important. When students feel cared for despite any problems and are no longer fragile in the classroom community, they no longer feel the need to attract attention to themselves through unconventional methods.

Disappointment

Some disobedient students may be frustrated with their studies because of family problems or other reasons. For these people, following the rules is pointless. In these situations, emotional communication and empathy with them can lead to a correct assessment of the cause of disobedience. Therefore, the school counsellor’s role is very important and helpful here.

Behavioural disorder

Some students may have ODD or other behavioural disorders. If a person has a disease, no one will expect him to follow the rules because the actions of such a person will not be according to his will.

Labelling

Imagine a student is called or labelled a “rebel.” He takes this as a character trait and begins to behave in the same way. For example, if a student is labelled  “the best,” he or she will try never to make a mistake. Neither praise nor blame should be associated with the label.

Disagreement

Constantly hearing “NO” leads to discouragement and sometimes rebellion. When they are not allowed to do something most of the time, disobedience becomes a behaviour.

Allowing students is essential, but that does not mean accepting all Disagreements. They need to learn how to express their opposition in a democratic society respectfully. It is very effective if they think they can speak out about unjust laws.

Unclear boundaries

You may set limits for your students but do not explain their purpose. It is easy to refuse when there is no logical reason for the law. Bringing a reason to understand a subject is very helpful. For example, if they are forbidden to do something, knowing the consequences gives them a logical reason.

  • A timely reward can create positive behaviour. If a student is rewarded for doing the right thing or avoiding the wrong thing, his brain will continue to strive for that reward.

One of the things we pay attention to in dealing with students is the “power of respect.” The big problem is that educators sometimes look down on students and think that only students should be respected. Respect is the most important foundation of self-esteem. A person who does not think he or she is worthy and respected is likely to do any unproportionate behaviour. Blaming, yelling at, and worst of all, cursing destroy mutual respect and friendly relationships with students.