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Think It Up

Think It Up, is a place to think freely, take risks and explore the unknown

Full of ideas, inspiration and imagination; Think It Up activities facilitate engagement in the processes of innovation.

Areas include:
Air Tubes experiment with creating shapes and contraptions out of paper to place in three tall columns of moving air (air tubes). Sensors in the tubes optically track the location of your creations and provide audio or visual feedback while objects ascend. As the objects leave the tube and the air stream, they are deflected outward to float back to the ground.

Mechanical Launcher a crank operated machine mechanically carries the object you created aloft before dropping it in the exhbition. Creations in this area are constructed from prefabricated pieces of durable, lightweight foam which requires you to shape your ideas around constraints of how to affix pieces to one another and produce a desired effect.

Air Sculptures serve as a visualization of how air moves and fills space by imparting its kinetic energy and pressure into inflatable figures. Other sculptures can be manipulated by changing airflow and position.

Designing Footwear you will use scrap materials to create prototypes of footwear. Materials available in the space will vary but may include leather, rubber fabric, paper, cardboard, chenille rods, foam core, fabrics, etc. View shoes created by Museum-goers.

Go Motion view and create stop-motion animation videos. Stop motion (or frame-by-frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved by small amounts between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames are played as a continuous sequence.
Check out visitor videos here.

2-D Collaborative Time Mural There is a long history of using a two dimensional (2D) format for communication. Cave painting is one example. In this experience you will be able to interact with other Museum visitors in the present but also in the past and future through a digital interface that projects visitor created images onto a large display. The mural work space is large enough to accommodate multiple participants at the same time.

Sound Space Instead of a traditional musical instrument that relies on small movements to generate and manipulate sounds, Sound Space incorporates an Optimusic sensor array. You break light beams to activate samples translating your body movements into "music". The space and movement of your body becomes related to a sound experience.

The Reactable is a cutting edge electronic musical instrument merged with a visual experience. Special objects are placed on a translucent surface which trigger sound clips and audio modulation. The sound produced by the objects is represented visually on the surface, providing feedback and guidance for the creation of new music.

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