Story Rooms:
Storykits for building room adventures
We have just begun to ask ourselves-- what technologies do kids need so that they can tell stories in an enitre room?  Many museums, public spaces, and experimental research projects have tried to answer this question.  But their answer is to have adults build these rooms and technologies for kids.  We want kids to be able to build their own rooms to tell their own stories.  Therefore, we have have begun to build what we have come to call "Storykits".
 
 

First we acted out a story room without technology...

 

Then we split into 3 groups... The stage group thought about what sensors, props, actuators, and output we might need.  The software group thought about how to program the room.  The story group thought about the stories we might need to tell...

 
 

We decided that our first prototype would be to create an interactive version of the Dr. Suess story "The Sneetches".  We created sensors, props, and different kinds of output for our room...

 

We invited parents and friends to try out our room...

 

Our work continues developing new Storykits for future room adventures...
 
 

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