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Ocean Park opens technology experience hub, Explorer R

Ocean Park has opened a technology experience hub called Explorer R, in line with its plans to relaunch as an open-air classroom.

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Hong Kong lawmakers previously agreed to Ocean Park’s HK$6.8bn ($876m) makeover plans, which entail relaunching as an open-air classroom and adventure-themed resort.

Explorer R, a multimedia attraction at Ocean Park‘s Whiskers Harbour, utilises technology to educate children. It features a combination of virtual games and interactive play.

Explorer R guests will get the chance to create their own personalised avatars before embarking on a virtual journey of experiments and physical elements.

Ocean Park relaunching as open-air classroom

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Children can design an AI SuperAnimal from more than 4,400 body combinations. They can take their AI SuperAnimals home and nurture them via the Explorer R mobile app.

Ocean Park has also launched two Explorer R workshops called Camouflage Kids! and Ninja in Nature, which include technology-infused games. Another programme, Sea Land Expedition Summer Adventure, features a digital coding session.

In addition, Ocean Park has opened limited-time experiences at Whiskers Harbour, including workshops, Explorer Stops and Upsized Planet.

“Ocean Park is dedicated to conservation and education,” said Paulo Pong , deputy chairman of Ocean Park (via The Standard).

Explorer R uses tech to educate children

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“Children will now get to learn about nature and conservation in a much more creative, experiential and tech-powered way that’s never been done on this scale before at the park.”

Ocean Park has also unveiled some of the attractions opening at the new Water World expansion later this year. Water World will boast five unique zones with 27 indoor and outdoor attractions.

Ocean Park has invested HK$4 billion in the new water park. “Water World is set to bring out the adventurous spirit in all of us,” said Pong.

“With an architectural design that embraces the natural terrain, it gives adventurers the opportunity to take in the beauty that surrounds our Southern District.”

Images: Ocean Park

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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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