Museums enrich people’s lives by fostering curiosity and opening their eyes to different perspective. This Interaction Design project focused on cultivating collaborative learning between the parent and child through an educational exhibit introducing the history of the Bristol Harbour.
The exhibit will be made up of a large Bristol Harbour map that includes several puzzle pieces representing important places, objects, and people, placed on the map. Alongside, there will be two pairs of augmented reality glasses to display animations on the map, two pairs of headphones with two separate audio streams to tell the story and provide feedbacks for the interaction with the map, and a soundscape made up of sounds you would hear at the harbour, like the sounds of waves crashing and seagulls’ squawking.
This immersive environment encourages co-viewing, co-playing, and co-learning, by giving specific roles to the parent and child to help out one another. With the augmented reality glasses, the parent and child will be able to visualise better with the help of animations when they place the correct piece on the map. By having separate audio streams, the child will be presented with a history of Bristol Harbour in a story format. In the parent’s audio stream, there will be more information about the history of Bristol Harbour to facilitate a conversation with the child to gain a broader understanding of the past. This conversation increases child’s learning opportunity and encourages parent to ask questions and treating it as a shared learning experience in which they can grow together.