TIFF’s digiPlaySpace 2016: Thinking Big!
We haven’t started to talk much about our 2016 Lemonade for Love event, yet, but one thing we do hope is that the kiddos think BIG and dream BIG this year. That’s where change begins, right?
Thinking big, and daring to dream big, takes guts. You have to be brave to dare turn your wild imagination into reality!
I had the opportunity to speak with the folks over at TIFF about the Lemonade for Love event and the kid volunteers. We spoke of how fabulous the kids are and about our desire to encourage them to start thinking BIG. Allow the kids to dream up wild ideas for their event. Do they want to serve up purple lemonade? Should they bring in a mariachi band!?
The folks at TIFF kindly invited a handful of the volunteers to this year’s digiPlaySpace media launch. This is a place entirely dedicated to thinking BIG.
Why is it important that the kiddo’s attended the media launch? Because they were able to meet and mingle with the artists who created the installations. These are the folks that dare to dream big. More important, these are the folks that put their imagination into action.
The kiddo’s actually took note pads and had a few questions prepared. They were nervous about what questions to ask the artists. But, as with all things creative and inspiring, the questions were organic as the kids immersed themselves into the creations. “Why did you do it this way?” they’d ask. “What were you thinking when you did that!?” “Do you really love raccoons?”.
We’ll post some of the videos of the day at a later time, but for now we just want to share our experience at digiPlaySpace 2016 and encourage you to check it out too!
What is the digiPlaySpace?
THE digiPlaySpace exhibit, held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, is an interactive and digital adventure that is both engaging and educational! The exhibit is filled with interactive installations that include, but are not limited to, virtual reality games, green screen escapades, robotic & circuit building activities. Kids are encouraged to touch, feel, and interact with the installations. This is not a hands-off program!
As soon as we walked through the main door, the kids were taken with this Sensory Imaging installation. In fact, in order to get them to move on, we had to promise them that there was more fabulous installations to be explored!
Their next stop was with the folks who created Trackoons. Trackoons is a multiplayer game (up to 8 people!) that has raccoons face off in a race throughout Toronto. It was amazing to watch a bunch of 7-year-olds become fiercely competitive playing this game.
Again, we had to lure them away with the promise of more!
The Chooseatron was a big hit as well. If you’re having a difficult time engaging your child with reading – this just might be your go-to installation! The Choosatron is wi-fi connected and facilitates interactive and social reading. In essence, the child can pick elements of the story and an adventure is created based on their choices. This blends digital and analogue storytelling, and the kids walk away with something tangible – a story of their own.
Once you’ve made all of your choices, you receive a print-out of a story! This was the print out of Addy’s story! It was super scary, but she reassured Jerry (the creator) that she could handle it! : )
Augmented Reality Sandbox
It never fails, kids love to dig into their adventures….
The kiddos landed here for awhile. The Augmented Reality Sandbox is filled with real sand that looks like it is alive and moving! The impact was remarkable. The sand appears to be moving due to the use of an elevation colour map that creates contour lines and simulates water. The goal is to teach geographic, geologic and hydrologic concepts, such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds and so on.
Kids amazed. Mom – gobsmacked!
Other adventures we loved…..
Needless to say, all of us had an absolute BLAST at this years digiPlaySpace event. There simply wasn’t enough time to hit up every installation!
digiPlaySpace 2016 is a must attend. This year it is running for 7 weeks from March 5th – April 24th, 2016. For more information, and to check out all of the fabulous installations we missed, visit them here .
From us big thinkers to you –
the gang at Lemonade For Love.