What does it mean to *be* the astronaut?
The medium of the video game, as exemplified by the system of games and simulations that make up the core of the Be the Astronaut exhibit, speaks powerfully to adults and especially children.
Video games are compelling precisely because they are a fun way to learn, but in most video games, the learning is trivial — How many coins do you need for an extra life? How far does this laser rifle shoot?
In Eureka Exhibits’ games, the learning is real and integral to gameplay. The best games balance the possibility of failing with the reward of achievement and the satisfaction of success.
In Be the Astronaut, visitors learn about the challenges and excitement of spaceflight — then apply that knowledge as they fly the spaceships, pilot the landers, and drive the rovers, in a thrilling narrative adventure to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, Ceres, and Jupiter.