ECHO Center unveils interactive playground

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 6:36 PM EDT
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"Flap your wings!" said Westin Kerber, 4.

Westin loves birds. His favorite? An owl!

At the Innovation Playground at ECHO in Burlington, Westin gets to spread his wings to fly using Kinet's gaming technology. Even mom got in on the fun!

"Actually using your own motions to tilt the bird or change the bird is cool," Cassie Kerber said.

But the playground is not just games. Each station is learning presented in a fun way. Like a touch screen that uses virtual technology to teach about fish and plankton.

"We can read about them and then talk about them. And then they can burn their energy out, too. So we can kind of go back and forth," Cassie Kerber said.

"The imagination and exploration that comes out of science and technology really helps them kind of further their knowledge," said Carlie Wright of the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.

ECHO partnered with multiple organizations to incorporate STEM-- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-- into the exhibit.

"I think most kids, nowadays, can run a lot of technology," Cassie Kerber said.

Everything from the blocks station to the bird call nest is interactive.

"The hands-on learning really takes things from just writing things down on pieces of paper to translating it and physically doing it," Wright said.

Allowing kids like Westin to step outside their comfort zones and explore new worlds.

The Innovation Playground is open until Jan. 6.