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Curi wearing a cup on top of her head

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.

Concept art for Curi

Final concepts and colors shared via a moodboard with the Summer Wonder team..
Moodboard for Curi

Joey Emory's puppet workshop in Whitehall, Mich.: where the magic happened.
Puppet shop where Curi was built

Final illustration used for reference when building Curi.
Final illustrated version of Curi

Testing the mechanism that controls Curi's mouth and the lightbulb in her head

The arms have been attached!
Curi's torso

This piece of plastic PVC was custom-cut for her chest plate before painting.
Curi's chestplate

Curi's hands and rarely-used helmet for exploring hazardous environments.
Curi's hands and helmet

Testing the lighting for the lightbulb in Curi's head.
Curi's headlight

Powering Curi on after her final assembly

Curi, finished.
Curi at home