Yesterday, Team Killer Snails attended the final showcase of the first class of Designers in Residence at the New York Hall of Science. We were thrilled to be part of this cohort along with Jaehyun Kim, who created some fascinating augmented and virtual reality with her team, Jan Mun, who led field expeditions with her Explainers to see the bioremediation of the SuperFund site Newtown Creek (and made some fun Mushroom Burritos!) and Brooke Singer who worked for six months with her Explainers to develop and build Coral Sponge, a study of varying plant mixtures in raised beds to determine the capacity for carbon sequestering in the soil.
Our Explainers, Sam, Yulia, Leah, and Kumari, spoke eloquently about what they learned during the three-month long program. They spoke about walking through NYSCI to identify exhibits that they wanted to revitalize and exhibits that they wanted to explain further to visitors. After choosing specific aspects of the museum and discussing the interconnectedness of the exhibits, our Explainers outlined how they worked as a team to design and develop a tabletop game and a digital game using the museum’s resources.
After all of the Explainers shared details of their 3 and 6 months residence, they had a showcase and demonstrated their games.
As you can see, Team Digital was rightfully proud of what they created!
Everyone loved playing "Think Quickly" with Team Tabletop!
Our three month experience isn't truly over yet- we will continue working with our Explainers to complete and publish the game- something we will definitely write about more!
We want to thank Liz Slagus and Erin Thelen as well as all the staff at NYSCI for this fantastic opportunity. Our team definitely benefited from the process of creating two games with a team of young, passionate science educators.
Killer Snails HIGHLY recommends the Designers In Residence program and you can apply for it right here!