New Exhibit: Game On

Game On: The History and Science of Gaming
opens at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

ASHLAND, NE – (Aug 16, 2018) The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum opens a new interactive exhibit focused on the history and science of gaming on September 22, 2018.

Join us Saturday at 10 am for the opening event of Game On: The History and Science of Gaming.

Dr. Brian Ricks, a UNO professor teaching graphics and game design will offer a free educational talk on the history and evolution of video gaming and how to apply the knowledge to today’s career opportunities. 

At 11 a.m., the Museum is offering a free one hour workshop on video game creation. Guests must bring their own device in order to participate in the workshop and they are encouraged to download the Bloxels app prior to the workshop. 

Game stations will open following the presentation and include a variety of experiences from vintage era games to modern day technology such as Virtual reality. 

Game On: The History and Science of Gaming is a new interactive exhibit about the evolution of gaming technology and animation and includes 10 interactive displays that span a 2500 square foot exhibit gallery. The exhibit is part of the Museum’s education emphasis on STEM concepts which include offerings in robotics, coding, circuitry and other programs related to aviation and engineering. STEM exhibits are used in programming and are made possible by donors.

“This is an exhibit created by the Museum’s education department and was developed in collaboration with community partners to highlight technology and animation, as it applies to video games, in a fun and interactive way,” said Elaine Leibert, the museum’s chief operating officer.

Game On: The History and Science of Gaming includes a timeline of gaming as early as the 1940’s through current gaming. Over time, games evolved from social gaming at arcades and home console systems to competitive online gaming. The exhibit highlights pop culture aspects as well as allowing guest to experience and build games.

The exhibit’s interactive stations include retro arcade games, hands-on animation building stations, a giant video game, an eight foot illuminated “Pixel Play,” and an opportunity to explore the history and future of video games.

The exhibit will be on display Until January 6, 2019 and is included in the cost of general admission.

Members are Free | Adults $12 | Military & Seniors $11 | Children 4-12 $6 | Children 3 and under FREE.

The museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.