The Digital Leaders went to visit the National Museum of Science and Media in Bradford. Our aim was to discover more about technology used outside of school. We had a brilliant time investigating, researching and enjoying the fantastic exhibitions and galleries at the museum.
Our day began with a look through the Kodak Gallery, finding out about the origins and developments in photography and cameras. We’ve realised we’re very lucky that photos and images are so easy to take and share with others today, when compared to the efforts needed to take and develop images many years ago.
The Television exhibition gave us an insight into how TV can be used to share important and life-changing events across the world, but also how adverts can used to to influence and persuade us. It was great to see some of the most iconic and most-viewed moments from British television. We also found out lots about animations and how they were made. We got to play with zoetropes and have a go at our very own stop motion animation.
We then went to watch an amazing 3D documentary about the International Space Station. It was made all the more realistic and exciting by being on the huge IMAX cinema screen. We learned about the technology and science which helps to keep the remarkable craft in orbit around earth. We were ducking and diving in our seats as some the 3D special effects seemed to be happening right in front of our faces.
The afternoon was a huge hit for all the children as we explored three huge interactive areas. The first, Wonderlab, was full of amazing hands-on science experiments which sparked our imaginations and curiosity. We found out lots about, sound waves, speed, heat and light, shadows and reflections. It was so much fun!
The magic factory also played with our minds, with some weird and wonderful tricks of the eye. It made us think about how we see the world around us and how our viewpoint can be distorted and become very different from others.
The final room, The Games Lounge, allowed us to play on a huge variety of computer games; right through from Pong, to the very latest arcade games. We had a great time battling each other and working out who was the best Gamer in the group! Overall, the day was an unforgettable experience to share together!