This Sunday we will hold a special event to bring people to the Museum to play MicroRangers, called Game ON! MicroRangers Competition. It will be a great opportunity to help spread the word about this new way to engage with the Museum and for us to further explore the potential of using games to support informal science learning.
The New York Observer just posted a lovely plug in their “Here’s What You Must Do in New York This Week” column:
SUNDAY April 17
Can’t get your kids to stop playing with their phones long enough to, say, enjoy the exhibits at a museum? Good news, the American Museum of Natural History has you covered. It’s hosting the Game On! MicroRangers Competition today. Kids can download the MicroRanger app on their iPhones or Androids. The game challenges kids to explore the museum exhibits and solve nine “MicroCrises.” The whole first floor of the museum will be turned into what the AMNH describes as a “series of animated adventures.” By playing, kids will learn how to identify how microbial life affects all manner of species. Advanced players will even have a chance to combat a “sixth extinction.” That’s a whole lot more than anyone has ever gotten out of Candy Crush. Central Park West at 79th Street, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free with museum admission