This week we visited Think, an exhibit originally appearing in the Innoventions exhibit hall at Disneyworld’s Epcot and currently on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The exhibit highlights the top 100 icons of progress over the past century – the science, technology and inventions that have resulted in advancements in our world. Organized around themes such as Seeing, Mapping and Understanding, the exhibit features a giant gesture wall (shown above), an immersive film and a series of touchscreen displays.
I took J+J to the exhibit with the hope that it would draw connections between the technology that is so pervasive in their world (wifi, bluetooth and near field communication to name a few) and advancements in the past century that made them possible. I’m always on the lookout for activities that draw lines between technology and the things that interest my children (robots, video games, watching movies, etc. ). But the focus was more on the history of progress, rather than current applications of said progress. When connections to present-world technology were drawn, they were in relation to making the world a better place … and not in relation to video games and youtube viewing. So much for learning over the holidays! But we loved interacting with the gesture wall and a visit to the Fort Worth Museum always makes for a fun day.