World of Plankton Interactive Ecological Game Opens at ECHO Innovation Playground Friday

World of Plankton Interactive Ecological Game Opens at ECHO Innovation Playground Friday

Date posted: 2018-10-05 09:11:19

Art, Virtual Reality, and Science will meet their human players on October 5th at The World of Plankton, a unique touch-pool installation that enlightens children and adults about the role of plankton in freshwater ecology. Up to four players gather around a giant digital touch table to capture and explore zooplankton, phytoplankton and fish species as they zoom between freshwater microcosms in a magical visual and auditory environment.
Sitting on a bed of sculpted lake rocks, the interactive installation is surrounded by an original 32-foot digitally painted mural and an animated Plankton Zoo featuring three-dimensional print sculptures in resin. The Plankton Zoo has QR codes that bring the plankton sculptures to life by activating original animations and music when viewed by players’ mobile device cameras.
The unique touch-pool game and installation, co-sponsored by the Jefferson Project at Lake George (a collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM Research, and The FUND for Lake George) and designed by Kathleen Ruiz, (Associate Professor of Integrated Arts and co-founder of GSAS (Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), incorporates original two-and three-dimensional art, animation, music, sound design, artificial intelligence, and programming by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students and alumni.

World of Plankton—Opening Friday, Oct. 5th, 5:30–7:30pm;
on exhibit through January 6, 2019
at the Echo Leahy Center for Lake Champlain—ECHO Innovation Playground,
1 College Street,
Burlington, Vermont 05401

Contact: Associate Professor Kathleen Ruiz