Earth Alive (2021)

(?) Science Center Singapore, Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), a Research Centre of Excellence at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

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Author

(?) Science Center Singapore, Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), a Research Centre of Excellence at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

Year

2021

Name

Earth Alive

Project type

education

Objective

Discover and learn

Data of last exhibition

Place

Science Center Singapore

Year

2021

City

Singapore

Description of the project

The Earth is constantly changing. Some changes are incremental, some are split-second, but both can result in violent events that devastate human communities.

Experience Earth Alive, where you can encounter forces and processes that underlie Earth's changes. Through active, engaging exhibits and compelling visual displays, get a feel for some of Earth’s physical functionings!

The exhibits are organised into spheres that reflect Earth sciences and systems – Geosphere, Hydrosphere and Atmosphere. Each of these spheres looks at how Earth changes can manifest in the environment, causing phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, mountain-building and rock strata, and volcanic eruptions. A fourth section, the Human Sphere, places people into the picture to highlight how Earth changes impact our lives in critical ways and how we can affect the Earth and respond to such changes.

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Author biography

Science Centre Singapore was opened on 10 December 1977 by Dr Toh Chin Chye, then the Minister of Science and Technology.

Today, the Science Centre Singapore, together with Omni-Theatre and Snow City, receives more than 1 million visitors annually.

While formal educational institutions make sure we are raising a nation of “science literate people”, Science Centre Singapore takes this to the next level.

We make science accessible and engaging, creating an environment where Singaporeans are empowered to advance their own learning and, hopefully, are inspired to do something incredible with their futures.

Interaction analysis

Interaction explanation

In general, the stations have TUI elements, which allow children to feel free to experiment and discover. However, there is one station that contains a large interactive screen and therefore includes the GUI.

Interaction model

Graphical User Interface

Command Line Interface

Tangible User Interface

Other

Interactive design approach

User centered

Activity centered

System design

Genius design

Interactive input

TUI objects with manual traction and rotation, buttons, touch screen

User experience for kids

Does it have instant feedback?

Yes

No

There is feedback as it is a mostly physical interface.

How is the navigation?

Multiple navigation

Step by step navigation

Other

Navigation is free

About the text and fonts

Is the text simple?

Yes

No

I am not sure

Is the the font big (more than 12-14pt)?

Yes

No

I am not sure

Is there a lot of text?

Yes

No

I am not sure

The text boxes are short. They include enough information for the station to be understood and include instructions about the station, but do not seem very long.

About the visual and audible inputs

Does it contain sounds?

Yes

No

I am not sure

Does it contain animations?

Yes

No

Does it contain vivid colors?

Yes

No

There is not much animation and the colours are rather earthy. This is due to the content and meaning of the exhibition.

What icons do they show?

Abstract

No icons

Literal

Other

Does it have an option to personalise?

Yes

No

Universal Design Principles

Which of the 125 Universal Design Principles are correctly applied in the project?

Important for the exhibition organisation (physical space)

Accesibility

Entry Point

Prospect-Refuge

Storytelling

Wayfinding

Important for the way of showing information

Advance Organiser

Chunking

Highlighting

Iconic Representation

Immersion

Legibility

Picture Superiority Effect

Important for the design

Biophilia Effect

Colour

Contour Bias

Savana Preference

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