I want my FMP to focus on children’s education and interaction design. So essentially I will be looking at how learning happens among children and how interaction design can encourage learning. At this stage I want to look at imagination and learning through play and then look at how this may affect cognition and retention of information. I am interested in encouraging in children a sense of fascination and wonder. I am predicting that if the children are fascinated by the subject matter it will drive them to learn independently through self – motivation.
In my literature review I came across an article, which looks at Child – Centered Practice in Museums, described the driving principles of Ipswich Art Gallery in Queensland, Australia. Its key principles being that learning begins with creative play and children’s exhibitions are curated for children. Another interesting point in the paper was about the environment being a ‘third teacher’, looking at the environment spatial and interior design with a focus on user experience design seemed to be an interesting area of research for the project among others.
The article mainly discusses an interactive installation called ‘Light Play’, which is an installation, which combines science, art and play. The aim of the project is to create an environment, which inspires children to learn and interact with one another.
The installation featured reflective art installations. And also included a variety of reflective papers, fabrics, CDs, disco balls and mirrors in the area to encourage children’s experimentation, and to enable them to make discoveries about the properties of light.
The installation puts the child as the role of the artist using his or her own creativity to learn about light.