Memory chip, anyone?

Paula Biotech, Museum Exhibit, Science and Tech Leave a Comment

Imagine a day when cybernetic enhancements simply become a part of us… Delving into the intersections of emerging biotech and society, I engaged visitors to consider the implications of adding technology to their bodies in various scenarios in Human or Machine?, an award-winning, multi-user computer interactive I developed for Museum of Science’s Star Wars exhibit.  Would we need new laws to protect privacy? Would there be …

Can websites change users real-world behavior?

Paula Conservation Biology, Inquiry, Museum Exhibit, Science and Tech Leave a Comment

It is a trend among museums to not only encourage understanding or appreciation of exhibit content but also encourage behavioral change among visitors after their exhibit experience. Exhibits focusing on wildlife and habitat conservation, nutrition and health, advocacy, and family learning/literacy all hinge on making a change in the visitors’ behavior after they leave the museum. Yet there is surprisingly …

Inquiry and Curiosity

Paula Inquiry, Quote, Science and Tech Leave a Comment

“The kids had so much fun with this they didn’t even realize they were learning!” I’ve heard this a lot about the interactive programs I’ve developed. Learning is an organic and motivating process that is intrinsically enjoyable when investigations grow from our own questions, curiosities, and experiences. Curiosity drives scientific discovery and growth in all realms. We learn best when …

How does your car go?

Paula Biotech, Image, Science and Tech, Standard Leave a Comment

Does switchgrass come to mind when thinking about filling up the family car? This new app, developed for Creative Discovery Museum, invites people to consider various fuel options, including biofuels, as they undertake a journey by car across the US with various outcomes. The game content was already in place when I came on board, but I created original content, graphics, animation and video on: …