Detroit (Fox 2) – Starting Wednesday at 10 a.m., the Michigan Science Center is improving the virtual gaming experience — literally. The new interactive exhibit “Level Up” opens Wednesday morning at the Michigan Science Center.
From now through January at the Michigan Science Center, Level Up hosts “Electric Playhouse Travels”—that challenges your brain in a whole new and different way.
“As a hub for STEM sharing, we use informal learning approaches to demystify challenging concepts and place them in everyday contexts in ways that help increase K-12 education,” said Dr. Christian Greer, Mi-Sci President and CEO. . “With GM’s generous support, we can connect young people to STEM on their own terms, and raise their awareness of the value of playing with imaginative thinking and creative problem solving.”
The installation is designed for families and students and demonstrates the skills learned behind what kids love most – video and analog games – to create interactive and immersive learning experiences. The show was made possible by General Motors. Electric Playhouse Travels, a special feature under Level Up, is available for a limited time, until January 3. Level Up will remain at the Michigan Science Center during the school year.
Level Up also consists of the following game areas:
Console or video games – Research indicates that action players are better at using models to solve problems outside of games. In Portal 2 for Xbox, players must ask a question, design experiments, and implement solutions while applying advanced physics. Multiplayer modes allow players to collaboratively solve problems to work towards a collective victory over the game.
Virtual Reality Games – Featuring Oculus Rift headsets, this zone will transport you to different worlds and places. You will also learn how to use this technology in healthcare settings.
Analog Games – Board games teach hands-on STEM skills without the need for a technical component and appeal to a wide age group. The large-scale games at Level Up will allow players to learn the mechanics of design and games.
Games Zone – The final zone will feature a space for guests to play classic arcade games as well as winning games from the Games for Change (G4C) student challenge competition and games in a virtual playground with a floor and ceiling display where students use their bodies as the game controller.
Ames Room – A special room designed to challenge your perceptions of reality by removing all the visual cues we normally use to determine the size of an object. This effect causes objects and people in an apparently normal room to shrink or grow depending on their location in the room. When we look at someone inside the Ames Room, our brains are fooled into thinking the room is an ordinary square; In fact, the room is a trapezoid, with one corner farther than the other. Mi-Sci’s Ames Room will also feature a selfie station for those who wish to share their experience.
Level Up featuring Electric Playhouse Travels is included in Mi-Sci’s general admission price. Book tickets at www.mi-sci.org. Mi-Sci is located at 5020 John R. Street in Midtown, Detroit and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.