The Learning Gallery offers hands-on opportunities for all ages. Transformed into a living room setting, the “smart home” features smart light bulbs and light panels. Kids can use buttons or tablets to change the light color, dim or even animate the lights. Kids can also lounge in the smart-home area and use tablets loaded with a variety of games from Google’s Made with Code program designed to teach and inspire creativity using code.
“Through the Google Learning Gallery, we aim to teach kids that coding can bring their ideas to life in bigger, brighter and more creative ways,” said Andrew Silvestri, head of community affairs for Google in Oklahoma. “We designed the gallery to inspire kids to pursue careers in STEM as well as challenge the preconceptions of what STEM careers look like. The Coded_Couture exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary celebrates the relationship between art and tech innovation, showing what’s possible when creativity and computational thinking collide.”
In addition to the lounge, a robotics area will feature a variety of robots, games and toys that teach kids of all ages and skill levels the basics concepts of coding. The gallery will help demonstrate how code pairs with fashion through problem-solving and creative design activities. For instance, kids can use their imaginations to design a shirt that grows with you or shoes that stay dry in the rain. Kids can also play with and try on smart accessories like LED and Bluetooth glasses.