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.