A game all the family can play…

Last weekend our extended family paid a visit to Canberra’s National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon.


Questacon strives to be interesting in the way it promotes greater understanding and awareness of science and technology. You could easily spend an entire day amongst the interactive, fun and educational exhibits.

There were many contenders for first place – the earthquake house, air hockey against a computer, the free-fall slide, the musical fart/burp machine (a close second), the hilarious rocket science 101 lesson. However, one stood out. Was it scientific? Probably, but we were too busy having fun and taking photos to notice, as you can see below:

Questacon avengers

My favourite exhibit used multimedia technology to combine art with science, and had the unusual name of Recollections IV. You moved your body in front of a camera and the effect on screen would make you feel as if you were in a music video, or at least a James Bond intro. When else do you feel like that?

Julia and rachel

Apparently signals about your silhouette travel to a computer which assigns colours to your movements and projects the results onto a screen, using different special effects.

Questacon Mia



It was good, clean, family fun for all ages, and would make lovely artwork.

Have you seen anything like Recollections IV, or fun effects for photos anywhere?

Questacon: www.questacon.edu.au

Click for explanation of Recollections IV


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22 Responses to A game all the family can play…

  1. Reminded me of this Sunday morning kids’ show in Canada: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hilarious_House_of_Frightenstein

    The Wolfman (play on radio DJ Wolfman) used to dance in front of a funky psychedelic screen.

    • I think Frightenstein and Questacon have used the same multimedia technology. ‘Funky psychedelic’ are certainly the right words to use.

      • We have what I assume to be a similar science & technology museum here in Ottawa. I remember going to it as a kid and having a marvellous time. This fun post brought back some fond memories, obviously.

        Thanks, Susan.

  2. I keep wanting to say ‘small things amuse small minds’, but won’t. 🙂

  3. I wish there’d been things like that around when my kids were younger… and when I was younger!

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    My kids would love that place. Bit of a drive for us though. 😉

  5. Sounds like a fun place. Great photo shots. 🙂

  6. suzjones says:

    We loved Questacon when we visited but unfortunately managed to get there on a day where three buses of school children were also visiting. Loved that exhibit so much and we have some awesome photos to prove it. lol

  7. Lee-Anne says:

    Haven’t been for years but found it fascinating, we’re due for another visit. I’m looking forward to Vivid, coming up in Sydney soon. Your gorgeous fluoro pics reminded me of it! 🙂

  8. Debbish says:

    I lived in Canberra in the late 1990s and loved all it had to offer, especially Questacon – there was always something new each time I had visitors so it was great!

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