Michelle is a Mid-westerner and had this to say about the MSI on her blog: "One day while I was in middle school, my entire 8th grade class of 300 kids piled into a caravan of buses and drove from Iowa to Chicago just to visit this museum. My classmates and I spent the entire day going through fascinating exhibits on things like coal mines, railroads, and an actual reproduction of an old-timey “Main Street”.
I was also really interested in the building itself. The building was the only in-place surviving building from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. I walked through the Beaux Arts building amazed and inspired (you just didn’t get to see buildings like this one in Iowa at that time!). The mixture of the grand architecture and the science was intoxicating. After that visit, I signed up for as many architecture and science classes as I could for the following semester. Based on our work at MKD, you can see that the mixture of these two interests has clearly persisted in me!"