App Description: Color Uncovered is an elegantly designed ebook about all things color from the Exploratorium. The app is super easy to navigate and makes for an excellent reference tool. There are all kinds of cool exercises and optical illusions that explore the spectrum of colors, along with great explanations to understand what is going on. Color Uncovered includes articles and videos to supplement the activities and complete the app.
How We Use It: At the Sciencenter, our facilitators use this app as a hook to invite visitors to further explore color with us at the Colored Shadows exhibit. One page of the book directly connects to the content at the exhibit, Colors Add Up, and facilitators have found that it works well to come to that activity (watch out, you’ll need a clear plastic CD case to make it work!) and then lead naturally into the hands-on exhibit.
Our facilitators also use this app in our Discovery Space. The Sciencenter Discovery Space is a library of self guided “exhibits-in-a-box” that can be checked out by visitor groups. This is just one of many apps that help to facilitate different boxes. While the science isn’t too advanced for most audiences, some of the activities are more appropriate for slightly older kids. We’ve found that this is a nice way to keep older siblings engaged. Also, some very young children may not be able to see or “get” the optical illusions.