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Science Museum and Natural History Museum launch AR apps for kids

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The Science Museum Group and Natural History Museum have joined forces to launch free augmented reality (AR) mobile apps for children, an innovative response to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

The cutting-edge apps, My Dino Mission AR and My Robot Mission AR, will offer access to fun science-based learning about dinosaurs and robots.

The apps are created by 42 Kids, a new children’s and learning division of Factory 42, in partnership with the Science Museum, NHM, Sky and Almeida Theatre.

“We’re delighted to be collaborating across industry to explore new, innovative technology in these unprecedented times, whilst continuing to provide our young audiences a window into the world of dinosaurs,” said Alex Burch, head of public programmes, NHM.

My Robot Mission AR is a skills-based app for 10-12 year olds, while My Dino Mission AR encourages 7-10 year olds to identify, feed and photography a young dinosaur.

My Dino Mission AR and My Robot Mission AR

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“We want as many young people as possible to be inspired by the creativity and wonder of science,” added John Stack, digital director at the Science Museum Group.

“Through gameplay and immersive technologies, problem solving skills can be nurtured and curiosity can be ignited about the world of science, technology and engineering.”

My Dino Mission AR (AppStore and Google Play) and My Robot Mission AR (AppStore and Google Play) are narrated by popular science presenters Maddie Moate and Greg Foot.

“With museums having to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, we are proud to have responded by very rapidly developing a playful, creative and innovative way for children to engage with and learn about science from home,” said John Cassy, founder and CEO of Factory 42.

“New immersive technologies like augmented reality provide an incredible opportunity to think differently about how to introduce young audiences to science and the natural world and we hope children will enjoy the experiences the apps offer.”

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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