Build A Bird

The Build a Bird App aims to inspire users to be curious about the world. Specifically, the app will help users gain an appreciation for how birds have adapted their beaks, wing shapes and sizes, flapping frequencies, body size and feet to survive and thrive in specific environments.

For instance, the albatross has a very efficient wing shape and size (long, narrow, pointed wing tips) that is particularly suited to the wide open ocean expanses that it flies in. The turkey vulture on the other hand, lands and takes off in crowded plant environments and cannot afford to have long, narrow wings that would get entangled in the brush. So it adapts by having a large lifting surface (rectangular wings) with wing tip feathers to maximize efficiency.

Owls are adapted for night flying with soft primary feathers that are very loosely woven together (most other flying birds have tightly woven feathers that create hard lifting surfaces). This adaptation allows the owl to fly stealthily through the night!

The “Build” part of the app provides an opportunity for the user to test their learning by creating a bird that is adapted to a specific environment.

Molecule Rush

The Molecule Rush app was created to be used alongside the Build a Molecule Model exhibit. It aims to make chemistry relatable by educating users how to build and arrange atoms to create molecules. Users recreate molecules. After successful completion, user can proceed to progressively more difficult levels. Molecule Rush is different from other apps currently on the market because it not only engages users but informs them as well.

Bio Hatcher

The objective of Bio-Hatcher is to engage the user to create an environment for microbes to thrive. The user starts of by choosing from four environments: Acerbus (a highly acidic ocean that contains iron and sulphur), Minor Aeris (an atmosphere that contains methane and sulphur), Siccus (an environment that has frequent dust storms, is extremely cold and has an icy surface) and Glacialis (an environment that is extremely cold and has a completely icy surface). From that point on, the user creates microbes that will be able to cope in these different environments. The app highlights information that is generally overlooked by museum guests, thus creating a more engaging visitor experience.

Curiosity Machine

The Curiosity Machine is a collection of exciting (and sometimes very challenging) experiments and projects designed to encourage curiosity, creativity and persistence!
LEARN: view videos of actual engineers and scientists talking to children about the inventions and projects they work on.
CREATE: get ideas from the videos and create your very own invention. Share your adventure photos and videos, sketches or writing.
EARN: Once you create an invention and share it, you will receive feedback from real, live engineers and learn how to make your invention better. What is more, you will be awarded with a badge. You can earn badges and become a Builder, Engineer and finally an Inventor.