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App designed to enhance Children's Museum tours

By Josh Poltilove
Published: July 4, 2012 Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Two University of Tampa psychology professors are designing an interactive iPad application for use at the Glazer Children's Museum."We're building off the idea that when kids get interactive, they'll learn more," Professor Jeff Skowronek said.An interactive story on the app involving a parrot will lead children through four exhibits within the downtown Tampa museum. The app will provide activities for children at each exhibit."Our belief is that's going to make their activities much more engaging and memorable," Professor Stephen Blessing said.The app will be designed for children ages 4 to 6, and a goal is to expand it for children of other ages.Skowronek and Blessing hope to complete the app in coming weeks and test it with children in August."One of the real main purposes for this app is to get parents more involved so that they play that crucial role in learning with their child," Skowronek said.Initially, Skowronek's intention was to design a children's museum app to help children with special needs. That app, he thought, would provide a customized map for the museum and guide parents and special-needs children on the best path for them.That concept is still a possibility, he said.The children's museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, is next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.Tickets cost $9.50 for children ages 1 and older, $15 for adults, and $12.50 for military and seniors.