Kathy Krafft

  • What I do, where I work

  • I work at the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY where I’ve been involved in exhibit development since 1991, when I volunteered to build one exhibit as we were planning our first permanent facility.

    Now you can hardly see my desk for the bank of file cabinets with the documentation for our in-house exhibits, six traveling exhibitions, and two more nearing completion.

    I occasionally get down to the shop, but spend a lot of time supporting the tours for our traveling exhibitions, creating technical manuals, keeping my spare parts stocked, etc.

    My other passion right now is sharing within our field- I love how we all try to help each other out in various ways.

  • Current position

  • Exhibit Projects Director at Sciencenter


  • More about me

  • My background is in low-temperature experimental physics, so I"m a hard-core scientist by training.. who happens to also be passionate about education.

    I"m also a woman who studied physics in a time when very few women went into hard sciences (my PhD was in 1982), so I’m always interested in issues about women in science.

Recent publications & presentations

  • "Enhancing Visitor Experiences Through Rewarding Exhibits."   Handbook for Small Science Centers


  • "Resources for Exhibit Fabrication."   Handbook for Small Science Centers


  • "Slowpoke magnets."   Cheapbook 3: A Compendium of Inexpensive Exhibit Ideas


  • "Finding the Fun in Math."   ASTC Dimensions

    March 2001

  • "Safety on the Exhibits Floor."   ASTC conference

    September 2004

  • Giant Blood Drop

    Giant Blood Drop

    Case Study

    by Kathy Krafft Published April 25 2007

    Young visitors can jump into a pit with thousands of small red plastic balls. The size of the pit represents a drop of blood and each red ball represents a red blood cell. A small number of white fluffy balls represent white blood cells. This is...

  • Marble Puzzle

    Marble Puzzle

    Case Study

    by Kathy Krafft Published April 24 2007

    A puzzle you can make for just a few bucks. Start with the two marbles down. Can you get them both up? We put together an in-house exhibition with about 20 different table-top puzzles. We were unsure if visitors would be frustrated by not being...