The Michigan Science Center’s Newest Exhibit Opens Oct 19

Level Up featuring exciting traveling exhibit Electric Playhouse Travels is now open

The Michigan Science Center is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Level Up, an 8,000 square-foot exhibit featuring the traveling exhibit Electric Playhouse Travels. This exhibit connects playing games to problem-solving in daily life and potential careers. 

The installation demonstrates the acquired skills behind what kids love most – video and analog games – to create interactive, immersive learning experiences designed for families and students. 

A unique feature of Level Up is Electric Playhouse Travels, a hands-free digital mix of games, artistic interactives, and experiences waiting for parents and kids to explore. Movements are tracked using projection mapping and sensors for the interactions without needing headsets or other wearable devices. 

Designed to promote healthy, active play that surprises, delights, and inspires movement, all themed to feel like you’re fully immersed in a digital universe. You’ll interact with the space-themed landscape of puzzles, challenges, and wonder. 

Level Up also consists of the following game zones:

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Console Games – Research indicates action gamers are better skilled at using models to solve problems outside of games. In Portal 2 for the Xbox, players must come up with a question, design experiments, and implement solutions while applying advanced physics. Multiplayer modes allow players to collaboratively problem-solve to work toward a collective win against the game.

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Analog Games – Board games teach hands-on STEM skills without the need for a tech component and appeals to a wide age range. Large-scale games in Level Up will allow players to learn design and game mechanics.

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Arcade Zone – The final zone will incorporate a dedicated space for guests to play classic arcade games plus winning games from the Games for Change (G4C) student challenge competition and games in a virtual playground with floor and ceiling projection where students use their body as the game controller.

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The Ames Room – A special room designed to challenge your perceptions of reality by removing all the visual cues we usually use to determine an object’s size. This effect causes objects and people in a seemingly ordinary room shrink or grow depending on their position in the room. When we look at someone inside an Ames Room, our brains are fooled into thinking that the room is a regular square; in reality, the room is trapezoidal, with one corner farther away than the others. Mi-Sci’s Ames Room will also feature a selfie station for those who want to share their experience.

Level Up is open through June 2023 but Electric Playhouse Travels is only open through January 3, 2023 and is located in the fourth floor Science Hall.  The cost is included in Mi-Sci’s general admission price.

Reserve your tickets today.