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

Virtual Water

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App Description

Virtual Water is an interactive app about embedded water in different products. Users are able to select a product such as a tomato, or chicken, or cotton and find out how much water goes into making it. There is an interactive slide bar that allows the user to increase or decrease the quantity of the product; the water used to make the product increases or decreases accordingly. There is also background information on how water is used to make each product.

How we use it

We have a demo called “Water Foot Print” that is a matching game. There are 14 cards with pictures of different products on them. Each card correlates to a bottle of water that represents the total amount of water it takes to make the product. We use Virtual Water to expand on the demo when a visitor is interested in more information.  For example if we have a card for 1 pound of beef, but a visitor is curious about how much water it takes to make a quarter pound of beef instead, we can use the app to find this out. The app has over 30 products, so we can also use the app to look at products not displayed in the demo.

 

Museum Recommending: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Platform Used: iPad2 (iOS)
Cost: FREE
Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtual-water/id369876250?mt=8

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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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