ALMNH & Brookwood Middle School Partnership
During the fall semester of 2016, Brookwood Middle School students partnered with four University of Alabama museums including: Alabama Museum of Natural History, Gorgas House, Moundville Archaeological Park, and the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum in bringing the physical web and beacon technology to selected exhibits to enrich museum visitor’s experiences.
Like most museums, The University of Alabama Museums have amazing exhibits but are limited to the story they can tell based on space within the exhibit areas. The physical web and beacon technology allows visitors to deepen and enrich their experience by accessing additional information and media through their phones and tablets based on the proximity to the exhibit.
Over one hundred Brookwood Middle School students created a real-time connection between something physical, an exhibit, and its digital counterpart, media and information they researched and uploaded to webpage’s designated for each assigned exhibit, based on proximity. This project grouped students to work collaboratively through research and technology.
This new model for museums, allows visitors to walk up to an exhibit and watch a video, see pictures, read additional text information, access historical records, or just about anything the museum wants visitors to experience to tell a deeper richer story.
This physical web project was originally developed by students at Brookwood Middle School in conjunction with the Alabama Museum of Natural History. This partnership allowed BWMS students to get real world experience in web design, research, and project development.