York Students in action
Since September, Code+Design students have worked with the Monterey Firefighters Association to develop an interactive auditory exhibit that familiarizes children with authentic firefighting noises. Large and foreign firefighting equipment can be scary to children, and the goal of the exhibit is to both entertain and help our youth recognize rescue sounds in case of a real fire. “Allowing children to role play and problem solve at a place they feel comfortable, like MY Museum, is the perfect training opportunity to prepare them for later obstacles” shares Lauren Cohen, Executive Director of MY Museum.
After the initial brainstorming meeting, firefighters drove a fire truck out to York so the students could record genuine fire equipment, including the siren and radio. The students then utilized the Design Shop to build an exhibit panel, complete button and sound design, and set up electronics. This exhibit benefits not only MY Museum visitors, but also the very people who developed it. Kevin Brookhouser, York's Director of Technology and Code + Design teacher, says, “Really powerful learning happens when my students are creating objects for a real world audience.” What better real world audience than local kids who are exploring and expanding their knowledge through the exhibits at My Museum.