Saturday, November 26, 2011
Explorium exhibit uses special technology
to get kids moving – for both fitness and fun
By Eileen Rooney
The Explorium’s new interactive exhibit, “Let’s Move,” uses special EyePlay technology to get kids moving – for both fun and physical activity.
The Explorium, Lexington Children’s Museum, opened the permanent exhibit this month. It was inspired by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to encourage children to be more physically active – and fit – and to fight childhood obesity.
The Let’s Move exhibit fits Explorium’s mission to create a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity. It is the first of many new, innovative exhibits the Explorium plans to introduce.
In addition to Let’s Move, the Explorium also has exhibits on nutrition, homes, and water, as well as an open art studio and a bubble room.
“Let’s Move takes us to a new level providing a new experience for kids,” said Mike Gilmore, executive director of the Explorium, Kentucky’s only children’s museum.
Let’s Move exhibit rotates through six different interactive screens. Children can challenge each other to a soccer game, step on the disco floor squares and watch them light up and change colors, jump on the frogs in a pond and make them croak, learn about different parts of the eye and its functions, and step on a drum set to make music.
The exhibit combines intuitive human body motion with floor spaces. Children can move, hop, twist, and dance using their hands and feet to activate sounds and colorful graphics projected on the floor. Two custom interactive programs were created to engage in learning about the human eye. EyePlay technology provides a revolutionary way to present captivating content to young audiences who can enjoy endless hours of fun popping balloons, playing the piano, or challenging friends to a game of virtual soccer.
The Lexington Clinic Foundation also has a screen with their logo covered in fog, where the kids have to run across to move the fog off the logo.
“It promotes activity and at the same time fun,” said Gilmore.
Let’s Move is a permanent exhibit and was made possible by the Explorium, the Lexington Clinic Foundation and the Dr. James L. Stambaugh Fund.
Explorium is located at 440 West Short St. in downtown Lexington and is opened Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. with admission being $7. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day.