A new exhibit at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum near Ashland highlights the importance of STEM concepts in a fun and entertaining way. “Game On; The History and Science of Gaming officially will open Saturday. Director of Marketing Deb Hermann says they will focus on robotics, coding, circuitry and other programs related to gaming.
Hermann says, “The engineering and technology aspects of this exhibit is predominate but there is a history of gaming over time and how this has impacted our social norms. The exhibit even gets into the pop culture aspects and it allows guests to experience and build games too so I think it will be very popular.”
The exhibit is part of the Museum’s education emphasis on STEM concepts that include robotics, coding, circuitry and other programs. Dr. Brian Ricks, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Nebraska – Omaha will present the history and the evolution of video gaming and how to apply knowledge to today’s career opportunities. That starts at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. there is a free one hour workshop on video game creation and animation. Visitors must bring their own device in order to participate.
There are ten interactive displays that includes a lot of information of technology. Hermann it also includes a timeline of gaming as early as the 1940’s. There is a pinball gallery so visitors will know what it was like to be in arcade. There is a giant Light Brite display, a Wii tournament, a Dance Dance Revolution competition and virtual reality displays.
The exhibit officially opens at 10 a.m. Saturday but will remain at the Museum through January 6th.