21-Tech

The 21-Tech initiative has allowed me as a Discovery Guide to push myself further on how much information I can process and share with each visitor I encounter.- Odis Garrett, Children’s Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech is a bridge between our museum guides and the visitors in that it creates connections between educational concepts and the real world.- Shawn Waxali, Children’s Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech has helped Discovery Guides engage visitors by extending their experience through the apps and applying it to the exhibits.- Ian Tibby, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech is a way of ‘hiding the vegetables in the fruit’ where the kids do not realize they are learning, but instead having fun and being fed knowledge that intrigues their minds.- Lauren Bell, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech provides a new outlet for our Discovery Guides to interact with the visitors in a way that further enhances their experience and makes the visit overall extra enjoyable.- Sylvia Garcia, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide

The Physics of Pie

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What happens when you launch pudding in a trebuchet?  What velocity would the pudding travel?  We found out on 3.14 and used the Vernier Video Physics app to study the results.

App Description: Video Physics allows users to analyze their own videos of objects in motion, then plot the location frame by frame.  It then then draws trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object.

How We Use It: Plotting the location takes a little bit of time and guidance, so we will have videos pre-plotted for a demo. We can then show the video and the graphs to visitors as part of the interaction.  Interested visitors can make their own if they like.  Good talking points for those visitors who want to go more in depth, and great for integrating more math.

Museum Recommending: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Platform Used: iPad2 (iOS)
Cost: FREE
Link: http://www.vernier.com/products/software/video-physics/

 

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Project Brief

21-Tech partners study and share the effective use of Personal Mobile Technologies (PMTs) by gallery facilitators in their work with visitors. The initial three years (2011-2013) of 21-Tech are funded in large part by a 21st Century Museum Professionals award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project is led by the Children’s Museum of Houston in partnership with Lawrence Hall of Science, New York Hall of Science, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and Sciencenter. For more information, please visit the About page.

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