Schoolchildren Designing Mobile Visitor Experiences

On April 3rd 2014, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) faculty and students, with a history specialist from Genesee Country Village & Museum (GCVM) met at Allendale Columbia School to teach Interaction Design methods to schoolchildren. The students were also introduced to basic principles of production assets and evaluation methods. These methods will be covered in later workshops in April and May of 2014.

The goal of this workshop was to teach schoolchildren strategic Interaction Design methods to curate physical locations with digital content. These principles are similar to what RIT MS Human Computer Interaction students learn. All students were tasked with creating a contextual wrapper around why a visitor would go from location to location at a heritage destination. These wrappers, or Heritage Stories, enabled students to balance and consider properties of physical locations e.g. 19th century buildings, artifacts etc., with digital technologies, e.g. geo-fences, augmented reality etc., to create new mixed reality experiences for visitors at GCVM. The historical specialist from GCVM was able to provide key insights into 19th culture and customs, which gave the Heritage Stories historical accuracy. At the end of the workshop, student groups presented their Heritage Story scripts/storyboards, strategically detailing why a visitor would go from location to location to learn about 19th century living, while reinforcing 21st  century morals.


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