Penguin Chill Elevates Imagination and Curiosity

Allyson Zahm and Becky Hansis-O'Neill share the story of Penguin Chill.
Allyson Zahm and Becky Hansis-O’Neill share the story of Penguin Chill.

PENGUIN CHILL, an innovative technological masterpiece

Allyson Zahm of the New Mexico BioPark Society had a story to tell.  Her story is about penguins. 

Equally important to her story is to understand climate change and how options in New Mexico are impacting climate.  Not only does Allyson want to make the world better for penguins but other ecosystems and animals too.   However, she wanted technology to tell that story because technology provides many more tools than signage alone.  But also people can learn multiple things in multiple ways and it’s exciting every time.   Unquestionably interactive displays promise discovery.  So it peaks curiosity in a way that a sign doesn’t.

Ideum was that innovative technology answer.  They are a New Mexico based creative company focused on using emerging technologies to design public installations and products that lead to meaningful visitor experiences. 

Ideum’s creative designer, Becky Hansis-O’Neill, also a biologist, was tasked with the job of penguin chill storyteller.

Through innovation and collaboration the two entities brought interactive conservation messaging to the public.  In addition, the visitor’s not only learn about penguins but how to conserve for a global impact.

Allyson and Becky share the behind the scenes of how the now, world famous Penguin Chill in Albuquerque New Mexico came to be.

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Look out the window from the science ship!  Let your imagination go!!!!
Look out the window from the science ship! Let your imagination go!!!!

Be a scientist!!  Interactive displays at the Penguin Chill!
Be a scientist!! Interactive displays at the Penguin Chill!


  1. Robin Sluzas on 05/28/2020 at 4:14 PM

    This exhibit sounds terrific. When the visitor is immersed in an experience, learning occurs by osmosis. Nice collaboration by Becky and Ideum and Allyson of the ABQ Biopark. The snow machine & hearing the kids in the exhibit hollering excitedly proves how successful the exhibit is. The glass floor with penguins swimming beneath & the different ways docents can present information further enhances learning.

    • Catherine on 05/28/2020 at 11:23 PM

      Thank you so much for listening to the Penguin Chill and how it came to be. The Bio Park has been closed as you know but it will be reopening next week with COVID-19 safety measures in place. I’m so glad you enjoyed the episode and the educational value those penguins are providing globally as visitors engage in the learning process through technology and observation.

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