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Exhibit will let kids be astronauts

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From Staff Reports

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Children’s Museum & Science Center at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences will allow kids to have a hands-on learning experience upon their first visit of the year.

Be the Astronaut is 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.

“Be the Astronaut was designed to inspire our next generation of space explorers,” Imperial Centre Curator of Education Leigh White said. “Visitors can control a simulated rocket launch, pilot a spaceship and see if they have what it takes to be an astronaut.”

Kids 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.

“Be the Astronaut” will launch at the Imperial Centre beginning Tuesday and will remain through the summer months.

For more information about the exhibit, visit imperialcentre.org.

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