Lucky's Back

The traveling exhibit will consist of four interlocking, interactive, and educational kiosks focused on the following topics: the clinical trials process; comparative neuroanatomy; nutrition and fitness; and, the respiratory system. Animals will serve as the tourguide for each kiosk. The second kiosk, “Lucky’s Back”, focuses on Lucky, a dachshund, who was in a car accident and is doing well after being treated at the PUVTH, even though she can no longer use her rear legs. The kiosk consists of graphic art panels, computer interactives and other hands-on activities in which visitors learn about comparative neuroanatomy, signal pathways, and methods for treating and preventing spinal cord injury. The images below document the development of the second kiosk. Please click here to learn more about our traveling exhibit team.

Final - Revisions from assessment data resulted in the final exhibit shown below.

Final construction of the Lucky's Back exhibit.

Assessment - The prototype for Lucky's Back, was tested on April 9th, 2011. The prototype consisted of colorful educational panels, interactive elements, and an interactive computer game module.

Prototype panel 1

Prototype panel 2

Prototype panel 3





Video and interactive game

A visitor tries out the new exhibit at the assessment session.

A visitor tries out the new exhibit at the assessment session.

Development - The first step in the development process was to survey exhibitors to see what they were looking for in an attractive, educational, and interactive, traveling exhibit. Our partners at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis assisted in this process. The development process for Lucky's Back included developing the layout for all of the kiosks and how they will interact. A script for Lucky's Back was then prepared by the team and reviewed by experts in education and assessment.  Carol Bain, a gifted illustrator, then worked with the Exhibit Design Center team at Purdue University, and content experts to bring the script to life.

Sketching and discussion of the exhibit

Artist Carol Bain and expert Dr. Jim Walker

Full scale sketches and discussion

Full scale sketches

Development of the interactive game

Discussing the panel concepts

Tucker mockup

Lucky mockup

Neuron mockup

Initial sketching

The project described is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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