Affinity mapping of the science faire boot

We used the method to design the library booth at the Science fair, which is a meeting ground for scientists and the public.The project group consisted of 10 people from our 4 libraries, with different experiences, knowledge and skills.

A woman trying out the activities at the knowledge fair.Silent brainstorming and affinity mapping is a method where all the participants writes down their thoughts and ideas individually, before presenting their ideas for each other. After the presentations, the group works together to categorize the ideas. “Possible now” “Possible soon” “Possible in your dreams”.  I’ve experienced that the method contributes to increased creativity, and makes it easy for everyone to contribute with their own ideas. All ideas are allowed, no idea is too small or stupid, and we remove the negative feedback in the brainstorming phase.

For the Science Fair we used affinity mapping to reach a mutual definition and understanding, and decided that our value was “knowledge”. Then we built on this to make the content and visual design.

The result was the Knowledge fair ground, with four different activities designed to give children new knowledge. 

  • “The judge” from the law library – tested their knowledge of the Norwegian Law
  • “The poetry carousel” – where they could turn the wheels to make new poems from existing ones.
  • The medical library made a mystery box, where you had to guess the content based on only one of your senses.
  • And the mathematics hi striker – where you had to hit and get one number to complete a calculation and win a scientific fact about a number.
By Birgit Hvoslef Dahl
Published May 9, 2018 12:31 PM - Last modified June 18, 2019 2:18 PM