GameDesk is flexing its superpowers and collaborating with the most powerful heroes in the universe. We partnered with Victory Hill exhibit creators to help launch Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network); a completely immersive experience that brings learners into the world of The Avengers. GameDesk created S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based educational pathways for the exhibition, a mobile learning app, as well as classroom live role-play learning activities, bringing to life the science behind the Marvel Super Heroes. The STEM-based exhibition will be the first of a series of planned roaming exhibits that will transport visitors into the world of the AVENGERS. The exhibit is connected to role-play based classroom experiences and transmedia digital content that GameDesk has designed to transform students into S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits. Students leverage science inquiry, engineering practice and mathematics as critical training for their advancement as Junior Agents in the Marvel Universe. GameDesk’s role was to unearth the science behind Marvel’s most beloved characters and to create personalized experiences where the classroom becomes a setting within the Marvel world. Our task was to make sure that the remarkable experiences in the museum take audience members into longer term STEM interest and pursuit, and are grounded in standards that are critical to STEM learning.
Linking the Classroom to the Exhibit
IN THE CLASSROOM The three-part adventure begins in the classroom, where teachers transform into an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and take students on a journey of STEM discoveries through the Marvel Universe. Students train to be Junior Agents capable of solving complex mathematical problems, analyzing scientific anomalies and designing engineering solutions to support S.H.I.E.L.D’s vital missions. GameDesk’s role-play curriculum includes life-science, earth science, and physical science. AT THE FACILITY After students complete the first stage, classrooms advance to the next level and gain access to the state-of-the-art S.T.A.T.I.O.N. facility. Upon arrival at the exhibit, teams are outfitted with the GameDesk ‘Agent Training’ app to investigate artifacts and evidence reinforcing the learning missions from part one – such as the metallurgical properties of Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, or the properties of the Vita-Ray chamber and Captain America’s cellular structure. BACK TO THE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND Following the exhibit experience, students become Official Junior Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and unlock a series of classified online missions on the training website, spanning multiple educational disciplines, to pursue independently, at home with family or back at school. Designed to be intuitively incorporated into the classroom, the accompanying in-class activities will align to Next Generation Science Standards and enable teachers to advance their students’ learning in traditionally difficult STEM concepts.
The interactive educational exhibit premiered at Discovery Times Square May 30, 2014. Visitors will be given unprecedented access to some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most highly guarded artifacts such as Captain America’s Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki’s scepter, a hermetically sealed Chitauri and more, recovered after the Battle of New York. Exhibition activities give visitors the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard, learn to operate Iron Man’s suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America. Other collaborators include NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, Thwacke, and more. Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. opens on May 30, 2014 and runs until January 5, 2015. For individual tickets and venue hours, visit www.DiscoveryTSX.com, call 1.866.9.TSXNYC (866-987-9692), or visit the Discovery Times Square Box Office.