NORWEGIAN SCIENCE CENTERS
All regional science centres in Norway now have Inside Explorer tables installed at their sites in order to further the aim of increasing young people’s interest in science and technology. The interactive visualization tables developed by Interspectral give over one million visitors a year the opportunity to explore authentic 3D data of almost anything from human anatomy to technical designs.
The Inside Explorer table allows visitors at museums, science centres and other educational institutions to explore virtual objects, which are 3D-scanned using x-ray equipment, such as CT and microCT scanners, and other scanning technologies. Inside Explorer has attracted a great deal of international media attention since its launch, and is currently being used in many famous institutions worldwide, including the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in London, Singapore Science Centre, and Field Museum in Chicago.
In Norway there are nine designated regional science centres (“Vitensenter” in Norwegian). The science centres are an important part of the Norwegian government initiative to increase young people’s interest in science and technology. Every year the centres have over one million visitors, and as of June 2015, they have been able to offer the Inside Explorer experience.
Geir Endre Gard, director of INSPIRIA science centre in Sarpsborg, Norway, said
“Inside Explorer enriches our offer and now our visitors are able to explore human anatomy in a way that has previously only been available in healthcare and research.”
The visualization tables are being used in both exhibitions and educational programs. Because the tables are updated regularly with new content, visitors have access to the very latest knowledge in areas such as anatomy, animals, natural history, cultural history and technology. Geir Endre Gard explains,
“We chose the Inside Explorer Table because it gives us a very desirable addition to our school programs that focus on health. It’s a very fascinating experience to interactively explore actual science data with the ability to zoom and cut into it to reveal greater insight.”
Thomas Rydell, CEO of Interspectral is excited about what the system can offer:
“This is the largest delivery of Inside Explorer so far, and for us an important confirmation that there is a great demand for innovative educational products and a fantastic endorsement of the Inside Explorer system.”
The science centres that have Inside Explorer tables installed are:
Du Verden Sjøfartsmuseum og Vitensenter, Porsgrunn
Inspiria Science Center, Grålum
Jærmuseet – Vitenfabriken, Sandnes
Nordnorsk Vitensenter, Tromsø
Vil Vite, Bergen
Vitensentret Innlandet, Gjøvik
Vitensentret Sørlandet, Arendal
Vitensentret Teknisk Museum, Oslo