Thanks to a $1.5 million Lotterywest Grant, the Telethon Kids Discovery Centre is now open for business – filled to the brim with educational games and activities all based on real-life research for the whole community to enjoy.
For budding young scientists, the Telethon Kids Discovery Centre is an escape from reality – a magical realm of medical research, where kids can indulge in interactive games and appreciate the complex science happening right at their doorstep.
With support from leading Australian interactive design company Exhibition Studios, the Centre was constructed with the next generation firmly in mind – using games to immerse kids in science and inspire ideas and reflections about medical research.
From pipette simulations to exploring snot and poo samples through a microscope, gaming content is creatively translated from technical science terms to child-friendly language.
Researchers – including Head, Cancer Immunotherapy Group Dr Jason Waithman – worked closely with the developers to make sure the activities were rooted in science while still resonating with children and families.
Dr Waithman’s work was translated into the three-in-one game Catch and Collect – arguably the Centre’s most popular game.
Using large interactive dual touchscreens, players of Catch and Collect are required to strengthen and protect white blood cells by fighting off and destroying the bad and unwelcomed cells –emulating the critical work of the Cancer Immunotherapy Group.
“Tapping into Dad and dork mode – the development process was really enjoyable,” Dr Waithman said.