Insect Photo Booth


Lawrence Hall of Science - Public Science Center

The Challenge:

The public science center wanted a photo booth experience for their "Open Make Debug" public program to complemented the traveling exhibition Xtreme Bugs.

Our Solution:

The TechHive staff and teens created an "Insect-Only Photo Booth," inspired by entomology collections found in natural history museums. This educational photo booth taught visitors the anatomical difference between insects and bugs by having them compose then pose as an insect on display. 

Teens created English and Spanish labels using Adobe Illustrator, then printed them for gluing onto cardboard for easier handling by visitors. They tested adjustable brackets for the abdomen and thorax to enable positioning relative to the size of the visitor.


Teens interns gained print production experience and user testing skills by making iterative design improvements,  as well as learned how to support visitor learning during the event. The Lawrence Hall of Science used the photos for social media to drive traffic to their website and to help deepen visitors' experiences.