Join the Quest to ‘Map Your World’ at Scitech

Map Your World, Scitech’s next feature exhibition, opens on 22 October in the BHP Exhibition Gallery. Visitors will undertake a quest across land, sea, and space to reveal the importance of maps and navigation in everyday life. This exploration of mapping and navigation includes special ‘quest’ stations where visitors will solve puzzles to collect different layers of their very own map, which can then be viewed and brought to life through augmented reality. Ms Deb Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, Scitech said “Scitech designs and builds our own feature exhibitions, using cutting edge technologies and experiences that are relevant, inspiring, and effective in sharing STEM skills and knowledge to all Western Australians. After six months in the BHP Exhibition Gallery, they are then shipped off to tour the North American science centre circuit, continuing to engage visitors on the other side of the planet, the Scitech way. Our immersive, hands-on approach has proven highly successful in exposing minds young and old to critical STEM skills and ways of thinking that can set them on a positive trajectory for life”. Meath Hammond, BHP Head of Corporate Affairs Western Australia said “Inspiring our Western Australian youth through interactive and engaging education programs is key to BHP’s community strategy. At the heart of this is to make learning both accessible and interesting, something which Scitech continues to do with the exhibitions it showcases in the BHP Exhibition Gallery.” Mapping and navigation has been at the heart of the human experience since the dawn of our species, underpinning advancements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) over millennia. Layers of data are recorded within maps to help visualise the world and guide how we interact with it. Mathematics provides the tools and language we need to map our surroundings, while the applications of science, technology, and engineering help us to navigate and explore them. In Map Your World, visitors will use different methods of navigation to find their way through shipwrecks, escape a virtual building, and pilot a simulated underwater exploration vehicle. They can take on the challenge of a giant game of Battleships using coordinates, or operate a sonar scanner to map themselves and their friends. By tracking the movement of a spilled cargo container of rubber ducks, they will even be able to explore patterns in global ocean currents through real-life computer modelling. Using the oldest navigational techniques known to humankind, visitors will learn to use the stars to find their way across both land and ocean, just as our ancestors did thousands of years ago.

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