The Rochester Museum and Science Center is a children's museum located in Rochester, New York. A pre-existing exhibit that consisted of a printed display and Albertosaurus skeleton needed an update – a digital interface that translated the existing information into a fun and accessible experience for children visiting the museum. This project was a collaboration with Ben Picard, Cameron Czadzeck, and Brandon Au. 



Within the new digital interface we had to organize information that included facts specific to the albertosaurus, other flora and fauna that existed during the Cretaceous period, and an interactive 3D model of the albertosaurus. The 3D model on the opening screen was modeled based on the pre-existing skeleton, and created a connection between the physical skeleton behind glass panels and the tangible interface.



The original exhibit had a printed panel that was text-heavy. The attached binders had a few illustrations of plants and other dinosaurs, but the layout felt more like a textbook than an exhibit. The 3/4 scale albertosaurus skeleton is the main draw for the exhibit, but the panel drew attention away instead of highlighting it. We wanted to engage children and their parents with a touchable panel that sat further away from the glass, that ideally could be adjusted by height for the range of ages using it.




The Rochester Museum and Science Center has a primary audience of visitors aged 4-11, along with their parents. Jean Piaget's research on stages of cognitive development was relevant to our process, since the interface was meant to educate and entertain simultaneously. Our visitors were either in the preoperational stage (where they learn best by manipulating visual symbols) or the concrete operational stage (when they are beginning to understand logic and classification).