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

App: Bobo Explores Light

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App Description: Bobo Explores Light is a charming, kid-friendly app that teaches kids of all ages about light and color. The app, created by Game Collage, is essentially an interactive kid-friendly factbook about the science of light. Bobo Explores Light presents a series of nested mini-chapters covering everything from the basics of color and photosynthesis to the history of the light bulb. Text blocks are snappy and succinct, with plenty of toylike interactions embedded in them to keep restless little minds engaged.

How We Use It: We use the Color chapter in Bobo Explores Light at our Colored Shadows exhibit. The interactive nature of the app helps floor facilitators explain the science behind color mixing. Visitors are able to control the colored lights on the screen and make new colors. We’ve observed seamless transition between content in the app and interaction visitors have with their shadows on the wall. We’ve found that the use of this app extends the interaction between staff and visitors, and provides a satisfying experience.

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Platform Used: iPad2 (iOS)
Cost: $6.99
Link:  Bobo Explores Light  


  1. March 27, 2012


    This looks good! I’m working on the images formatting…

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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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