Ruijin Ma, Ph.D.
Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.
Modern museums rely on technologically advanced platforms to attract visitors and convey information. The Science Museum of Virginia (SMV) proposed a new interactive geospatial education exhibit called the EarthLab Data Hyperwall to support their mission statement of “inspiring Virginians to enhance their lives through science.” A hyperwall/video wall is a visualization tool composed of a large screen array used for education and collaborative work. The SMV’s Hyperwall Exhibit consists of a high resolution video wall controlled by a connected, visitor-accessible touchscreen. The exhibit educates visitors on several environmental and climatic topics using interactive maps to increase comprehension. This project produced a .NET Framework application that accesses the datasets and maps for each topic by implementing Esri’s ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET. The Museum needed the Hyperwall platform to display the underlying data through an interactive and accessible User Interface. The system’s design considered Museum visitor’s varied demographics and recent educational theory relating to cognition and spatial literacy. The educational goals of the exhibit are: teach visitors about the Museum’s research into heat illness risks related to urban heat islands, improve visitor’s wayfinding and overall spatial literacy, and educate visitors on environmental conditions and the changing climate locally and the world over.
Walton, A. (2019). The Hyperwall: A Geospatial Education Exhibit for the Science Museum of Virginia (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from https://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/282
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