Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Space Flight Academy is a group trivia game that allows up to 15 visitors to play together. Ideum redesigned the game, developing the software and designing and building the custom faceplates and cases for the exhibit’s 15 user stations. Each station has arcade buttons, a Raspberry Pi microcontroller with 5” color LCD screens, reactive LED lights, and a small speaker.

The stations are networked to a server that runs the games and keeps track of each visitor’s score. At the end of each game, players are ranked on a scale from “In Training” to “Flight Ready,” providing all users with encouraging feedback about their space flight knowledge. The game’s questions and accompanying high-resolution photographs and video are presented on large LG Ultra HD 4K monitors. The experience is open-ended, allowing visitors to join in at any time. NASM staff can easily update the application through a custom CMS.

Clients:Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Location:Washington D.C.
Date:Spring 2018
Tech:Touch Screens, Raspberry Pi

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth Gallery had several exhibits which Ideum was tasked to refresh the design and hardware for.

The Prompt

The Process

The Press