Time to bridge the gap. Interacting with real objects. Paulo Gama Mota. ECSITE – TOULOUSE 2012 E. Communicating science. In the last decades, museums and science centres have concentrated in explaining and rendering scientific concepts accessible. Objects were set aside then.
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Interacting with real objects
Paulo Gama Mota
ECSITE – TOULOUSE 2012E
In the last decades, museums and science centres have concentrated in explaining and rendering scientific concepts accessible.
Objects were set aside then.
The contact with the real objects triggers imagination and wonder in a way that is not achieved when only concepts are presented.
Objects from scientific collections are real and concrete traits that establish a direct relationship with scientific discovery. Nothing replaces the direct contact with them.
It is now time to bridge the gap.
Combining objects with concepts
What it is like to have a lens?
And many lenses?
References to objects and interactive displays from our exhibitions reveal that items from the interactive exhibition were more often recalled than those from the physics cabinet.
Mean = 12.9 y
Objects referred by students were those highlighted by the guides.
The fraudulent balance (unequal length arms) is highlighted by the guides through stories of its use.
This focus the visitors’ attention and enhances their imagination, which then favors the recall of these objects.
Visitors clearly highlighted the objects as the most positive aspect of their visit.
They also found the lack of interactivity as somewhat negative.