Client: Heinzen Media, Minnesota Children’s Museum

Role: Interactive design, Custom Software Development, Interactive Media Production, Sensor Configuration

Primary Goal: Make a ships wheel interactive to the visitor’s surroundings in a fun and exciting way.

The Minnesota Children’s Museum, in the heart of Downtown Saint Paul, sparks children’s learning through play while serving more than 550,000 visitors each year.

This all-new permanent exhibit brings visitors through a sunken ship hull. As visitors take their first steps into the exhibit, they’ll encounter a 10-foot pilot house, separated from the hull and lying almost fully intact at the bottom of the lake. The mangled and tattered pilot house, complete with a life-sized ship wheel, sets the adventurous tone for the exhibit. 

Visitors spin the ship wheel, affecting a projected river full of obstacles to avoid including rocks, logs, and ice floes. Crashing sounds trigger with each disastrous collision. 

Cardboard prototyping and testing different sensors
Testing responsiveness of different sensors
View Kare 11 News segment on the exhibit