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

App Post Category – Instructional Information

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The Children’s Museum of Houston wanted to provide our visitors additional guidance (beyond the signage at the exhibits) on how to interact with our exhibits. The “What do I do?” tab gives text, image, and/or video instructions on how the exhibit can be used by different ages. The app also allows us to give more detailed information to visitors without adding permanent signage to the exhibits.

Some of our exhibits have multiple “What do I do?” options because there is more than one way to use that exhibit. Examples of this can be found in the How Does it Work and Invention Convention Galleries. Turn Tables, Animation Station, and Wind Towers are a few examples that give visitors more than one way to interact with the exhibits. To see how we use these posts, download the free More CMH app at iTunes or Google Play.

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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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