Firm partners with downtown museum on electrical exhibit


Courtesy Feyen Zylstra

A local electrical firm has helped a downtown museum create a new exhibit on “the power of electricity.”

The exhibit at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is an interactive electrical wall that's part of the museum's Kidstruction Zone.

Children are able to light up an LED strip with a touch sensor, power a fan to send a toy ball down a chute and operate various switches to light up the word “play,” among other activities.

The electrical wall was designed, built and installed by a team of volunteers from Grand Rapids-based Feyen Zylstra, an electrical contractor and technology services provider.

“We are proud to partner with great organizations like the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and we’re excited for the kids to learn a little bit more about the electrical trades — and more importantly, have fun doing it,” said Nate Koetje, CEO, Feyen Zylstra.

Maggie Lancaster, executive director of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, said collaborating with a skilled trades firm such as Feyen Zylstra is “a win-win-win for our children, families and community.”

“This collaboration represents the creativity from both the FZ and GRCM teams, along with the desire to give back,” Lancaster said. “And it most certainly follows our mission to provide open-ended play.”

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