The Children’s Museum & Science Center at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences will allow youth to have a hands-on learning experience with Be the Astronaut, an interactive learning exhibit that teaches STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)-based content via state-of-the-art video game technology, as well as traditional methods.
Youth will learn the concepts common to space flight while interacting within the framework of possible future space missions.
The games are divided into Earth, Moon, Mars, and Jupiter courses. A magnetic “Astronaut ID” card will track visitors’ progress throughout the exhibit, as it may take more than one visit to complete all of the missions.
Three interactive touchscreen stations will cover concepts including astronomy, physics, space conditions, and flight path.
The FLY station is set up as a self-contained cockpit with command seats, a joystick and a large view screen.
Said Imperial Centre Curator of Education Leigh White:
“Be the Astronaut was designed to inspire our next generation of space explorers. Visitors can control a simulated rocket launch, pilot a spaceship, and see if they have what it takes to be an astronaut.”
Be the Astronaut launched January 22, 2019 and will remain open through the summer months.
For more information on the exhibit, visit imperialcentre.org/2019/01/24/now-display-astronaut.
Source: Jessie Nunery and Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount