This month we debuted Curi, our Summer Wonder guide and mascot. Curi's job is to help people learn about and enjoy STEAM subjects — science, technology, engineering, art and math.
She was born in Whitehall, about 60 miles northwest of Grand Rapids and just a few miles from the Lake Michigan coast.
Not surprisingly, Curi loves to learn about new things, and thinks every day is an opportunity to find something wonderful. She shares her knowledge with anyone who will listen.
Here are some photos of Curi's journey, from inspiration to creation:
These are some initial concept drawings from when we were still figuring out what Curi would look like.
Final concepts and colors shared via a moodboard with the Summer Wonder team..
Joey Emory's puppet workshop in Whitehall, Mich.: where the magic happened.
Final illustration used for reference when building Curi.
Testing the mechanism that controls Curi's mouth and the lightbulb in her head
The arms have been attached!
This piece of plastic PVC was custom-cut for her chest plate before painting.
Curi's hands and rarely-used helmet for exploring hazardous environments.
Testing the lighting for the lightbulb in Curi's head.
Powering Curi on after her final assembly