Goofy Goggle Playground
by Ann Bartkowski
The last day of Explaining this year, I got stuck got to be at Goofy Goggles for 2 consecutive hours. Goofy Goggles was started as a floor activity for Explainers to engage visitors in, in the often chaotic skylight area after a fun Study Group led by Marcus and Antoine. I went through a period when I was fascinated by the idea of changing your vision and rewiring your brain, so if you are curious, you can click here to read more about the science of goofy goggles.
So since I was stuck with two pairs of goofy goggles for awhile, I decided that instead of passing basketballs like in our exhibit Hoop Nightmares, we were going to play four square! Four square, which is already super fun without messing up your vision, became ridiculously fun when the people in squares A and B were forced to wear the goggles! The kids were really into it, and it was fun to watch them take on other students, their teachers and chaperones, and other Explainers. Lea suggested we try playing hopscotch and that proved to be a hit as well. I have never had to think so hard about hopping in my life!
Here are some pictures!