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Guest Blog by SEE volunteer Richard Maurier

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There’s a lot of behind the scenes work needed to keep exhibit breakdowns at bay.  When I see the great joy children get out of a fun learning experience it motivates me to help keep the exhibits up and running.  Whenever I tackle a breakdown I always look to find the cause as well as the correct repair solution.  Next I look to see if I can prevent the same problem from happening by tweaking some weak point.  Next I test the whole exhibit to see if new problems are creeping up and finally I test the exhibit (I enjoy that a lot) to make sure it will keep running well.

Recently I’ve been working on the cutaway 6 cylinder gas engine exhibit.  It’s been down for a while but with the extra time I take to get it just right I’m hoping it will run better and longer than ever.  Lots of men I know who’ve brought their children to SEE say it’s one of their favorite exhibits.

I’ve also helped the staff to bring new exhibits on line.  I feel good when a new idea gets developed and finally the young visitors get their hands on it and try it out.

There are a lot of exhibits out back that I’d like to bring out and watch the children try out.  I wish I could spend more time getting them ready.  If you think you could offer some help please talk to the staff.  I’m sure they would love to have more

volunteer exhibit repair/refurbishing help.  I can tell you it’s personally very rewarding work.

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