digiPlaySpace, a temporary STEAM exhibit at the Eureka! children’s museum in Halifax, Yorkshire has extended its run thanks to record attendance.
digiPlaySpace attracted 60,000 visitors over the summer, helping to make 2017 the museum’s busiest year for nearly two decades.
The interactive digital playground was created in 2012 for TIFF Kids at the Toronto International Film Festival. It allows youngsters to play with robots, learn to code, play games and interact with new technologies. It also gives them the opportunity to explore light and sound in physical and creative ways.
This is the first time the exhibit has been showcased in Europe.
“We were proud to be the first museum in Europe to host digiPlaySpace and are now so excited that children locally and nationwide have more time to come and visit us in Yorkshire to experience it,” said Leigh-Anne Stradeski, CEO of Eureka!
digiPlaySpace – the future of museum interaction
“digiPlaySpace has gone down a storm with parents and children alike and our staff love it, too. Each of the 14 exhibits offers a glimpse of what the future of museum interaction looks like and, because our young visitors are increasingly digitally-savvy, it’s extremely rewarding for us to be offering such a forward-thinking installation.”
Among the various interactives are Pop n Lock and Sphero Speedway. With Pop n Lock kids film themselves dancing and then create a stop-motion animation. Sphero Speedway gives them the chance to race a robot while learning about the basics of computer programming.
“TIFF is committed to engaging young audiences in the art of storytelling, critical thinking and media literacy,” adds Elizabeth Muskala, Director of Youth Learning and TIFF Kids International Film Festival.
“digiPlaySpace is an interactive playground that brings together art and technology to inspire and entertain kids and parents alike. These new media experiences are designed to engage young audiences in play and learning and to unlock their creative potential.”
Eureka! has plans to open a second children’s museum in Liverpool. The £11m attraction will be targeted at seven to 14-year-olds.
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