This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015.
On one of the evenings we had dinner at the Tech Museum of Innovation. Before dinner we had a chance to play with some of the exhibits and I was impressed with the hands on practical nature of what we saw.
As you might expect with an international audience Google Earth on an immersive surround screen (powered by Liquid Galaxy) proved to be very popular and also useful to find out exactly where everyone one lived!
The software that the museum was using was the free Liquid Galaxy software from Google and although you might not have five plasma TVs at your disposal a couple of years ago I did manage to rig up a pretty neat experience using a few projectors and a couple of white sheets to create a (very rough around the edges) immersive room.
Another of the exhibits that was available was ‘design your own roller-coaster’. Here you used software to design a roller coaster and then after scanning your ticket you could ride the roller coaster in the simulator.
As well as teaching about design and physics what was nice about it was that if your design was unsafe then your ticket wouldn’t scan and you had to go back and modify your design.
Some nice key messages from the museum as well. I especially liked, Imagine, Invent, Connect & Collaborate.