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

Choosing the Curiosity Corner

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At the Sciencenter, we are excited about the idea of using a mobile platform (the XCL app) to deliver content to adults in our Curiosity Corner–our early childhood area of the museum specifically designed for visitors ages 0-4 (and their parents or caregivers). This area of the museum is relatively empty of text and signage. And this is by design. We don’t want to clutter the space with words and written language given that our primary audience is comprised of non-readers.

But we have something to say to those adult caregivers!  We want to give them specific tips to encourage learning and interaction with their children. We want to share the early childhood research and theory behind including exhibits in this space, and point them to online resources so they can learn more. We want to tell them about the exciting research that’s being conducted by early childhood specialists from Cornell University on the floor of the museum, and show them ways they can replicate those research studies with their own groups and families.


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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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