I worked on a collaborative research project as part of the Culture and Technology lab at Georgia Tech, in conjunction with research group at UGA and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Questions:

How do children interact with museum exhibits?

How do these interactions fulfill experiential learning goals?

What are parents’ goals for children in an interactive museum?

I helped develop design research activities to elicit parental goals surrounding interactive learning. We came up with design activities such as collaging in response to a set of prompts. These activities allow participants to engage creatively with the experience of self-expression, communication and learning and elicit qualitative responses that direct design towards creative directions beyond responses to explicit questions.

I conducted exploratory interviews with parents about their experiences with learning exhibits to gain a better understanding of the kinds of questions that would be relevant to a surveyed population. This information was used when I helped script interview questions for parents to express specific goals and responses to existing and hypothetical museum attractions, as well as investigate concerns such as safety and privacy.

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