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!

 

A goggled-Gabriel takes on some kids in four square

A goggled-Gabriel takes on some kids in four square

 

Jarrod is sneaky good at four square.  Where is Gabe facing? Is he trying to fake-out Jarrod, or can he just not see straight?

Jarrod is sneaky good at four square. Where is Gabe facing? Is he trying to fake-out Jarrod, or can he just not see straight?

 

Until you've tried, you have no idea how hard she's trying to get one foot in 5 and the other in 6.

Until you've tried, you have no idea how hard she's trying to get one foot in 5 and the other in 6.

 

Goofy Hopping!

Goofy Hopping!

The playground...minus the geometry.

The playground...minus the geometry.

 

Gabe's brain got pretty good at defending square A with goggles on!

Gabe's brain got pretty good at defending square A with goggles on!

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