Volunteer Loren Stanley builds with Keva planks at the Okanagan Science Centre

Volunteer Loren Stanley builds with Keva planks at the Okanagan Science Centre

Centre ready to build

The OSC now boasts more than 8,000 identical, precision-cut Keva (knowledge, exploration and visual arts) planks.

The Okanagan Science Centre is set to build on its foundation of permanent exhibits with Keva planks.

Thanks to funding support from MQN Architects, the OSC now boasts more than 8,000 identical, precision-cut Keva (knowledge, exploration and visual arts) planks.

“The sheer fun of Keva is in its simplicity,” said Sandi Dixon, executive director.

“You waste no time sorting through shapes, finding connectors, or waiting for glue to dry. You can start building up your ideas the minute you sit down.”

Because each plank is the same, structures can be stacked with surprising stability. The world record Keva building stood a 51 feet, eight inches tall at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.

“Anyone – toddler, child, teen, or adult – can build at their own level,” said Ryan Jameson, OSC program coordinator.

“We’re excited to see families and friends of all ages learning from and inspiring each other. We’ll help this inspiration along with regularly scheduled build-offs, Keva games, birthday parties and new public and school group programs.”

Educational programs for schools will be cross-curricular, mixing equal parts physics and geometry with art and history.

“The creativity inspired by tools like Keva planks is important for professional and aspiring architects and engineers of any age,” said Vicki Topping, MQN Architects partner.

For more information, go to www.okscience.ca or call 250-545-3644.