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An Interactive, Digital, Tactile, Collaborative Learning Experience for Young Visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden

Thu, May 25, 19:30 to 21:30, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 2, Indigo Ballroom B

Abstract

The Brookings Interpretive Center is a new exhibit space within the award-winning Missouri Botanical Garden that opened in the spring of 2016. It uses interactive digital technology to engage visitors with plants through sight, sound, and touch while facilitating collaborative interaction. One exhibit, “The Collection of Curiosities,” is an innovative interactive, digital learning experience that helps visitors better understand the species within the Garden. Using QR codes and responsive web technologies, visitors swipe real nature artifacts under a digital reader which triggers an interactive display of information about the object. By swiping the artifact, visitors can learn where the plant resides within the Garden and around the world. Visitors also learn information such as the artifact’s threats and dangers and what we are doing to protect it. This exhibit is as an example of a communication tool that delivers educational content via physical, collaborative interaction.

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