On the Town: South Florida Museum highlights 'How People Make Things'

By Virginia Johnson, Entertainment Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018, 8:36 PM EST

Assembling, cutting, folding and deforming raw materials-- it’s “how people make things.”

It’s also the name of the latest exhibition at the South Florida Museum, on display through May 6.

The exhibit features real factory equipment, shrunk down so young learners can wrap their heads -- and hands -- around it.

Paige Leszczynski, 8 (well, almost 8), and her 5-year-old sister Grace got a lesson in big industry with little pennies, passing them through a three-step rolling mill.

“First made it into a new shape,” said Paige. “And then, second, we put it into a new texture. Third, we stamped it.”

And then the girls stamped their penny a second time.

“To make it look more like a waffle,” explained Paige.

The exhibition is inspired by the factory tours from the "Mister Roger’s Neighborhood" children’s show.

You can see several of the tours playing on TVs throughout the exhibition.

Paige and Grace also learned how a die cutter can be sued to make multiple versions of the same object, and how molds are made of everyday materials with wax.

“These factory tours showed how things children were familiar with— how they went through that process to get made,” said Matthew Woodside, the museum’s Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions.