The Davis Lab

Car Design Studio
April 30, 2015 - June 2016

In connection with the Dream Cars – Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas exhibition, the IMA has created a Car Design Studio encouraging families and young adults to explore some of the key aspects of the car design process. Guests have the opportunity to design and build their own dream car in The Davis Lab, located on the second floor, opposite the exhibition’s entrance.

Guests are able to learn about car design through videos, images and a number of participatory activities. Participatory activities include an iPad application and a large scale magnet wall. The iPad app, Dream Cars Design Studio, was developed in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.The app guides children (6 and older) and adults through a number of steps like, selecting fuel and engine types, the car silhouette, various accessories and colors, and much more. At each step guests are able to see how their design and engineering choices affect a number of variables including cost, fuel efficiency, and speed. The cars created via the app can be shared by email. The app is also available for download free of charge in the Apple App store.

For younger children, (ages 6 and under) a large scale magnet wall invites our young friends to build a car using various magnetic car parts, decals, and accessories.

The Car Design Studio is open now through June 2016, beyond the duration of the exhibition.

This project is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.