The Visitor Center underwent a major renovation in 2012-13. As part of that effort, RLMG produced 16 custom media pieces, including an immersive welcome experience that introduces visitors to the museum’s core content themes. Using motion sensors and a 16-ft. wide, interactive floor projection, the experience cycles through four different modes: space, technology, biomedical research, and the Great Lakes. Each mode presents a different activity; in Space mode, stars trail visitors’ feet as they walk or run; in Biomedical mode, visitors destroy infectious microbes by stomping on them. Playful and intuitive, these activities encourage collaboration and shared enjoyment.
Other highlights include informative, large-scale videos that showcase NASA and the GRC’s current missions and areas of research; an interactive that recreates the explosive work of NASA Glenn’s Ballistic Impact Lab; and an imaginative activity where visitors design their own interplanetary mission.