The Polymer Zone

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes has long been a hub for inquisitive children, families and school groups to explore science and industry. Victrex plc chose CSDC and together they approached TOTEM to create an experience, aimed at 5–14 year olds on the science behind polymers.

The outcome of this collaboration is ‘The Polymer Zone’, a geometric plinth housing three 32” touch screens with bespoke software that deals with the question “What are polymers?”.

Our concept was to design, illustrate, and build four pieces of game software and an informative motion graphic animation to help explore the subject. Each game in the suite called for a different method of learning.

We worked with Mark Paterson (senior animator on the award winning FX Network show Archer) to create a graphic animation which focuses on the foundation science. Visitors are encouraged to watch this in order to gain an understanding of the fundamentals – which help in later gameplay.

The installation has been a great success and Victrex plc are currently looking into expanding upon the concept. The development of iOS apps would extend the learning experience to outside of the museum visit.

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