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Interactive and fun science for all: Virtual Changing Room at Techniquest!

We were recently invited to try out Techniquest's Virtual Changing Room, a virtual reality installation ready in time for the summer holidays. The aim is to create a focus on young people's careers, so they can imagine themselves as an astronaut or a fire-fighter as well as exploring other themes.

The Virtual Changing Room is situated on the first floor and it's not hard to spot. It's the first of its kind in Wales, and Techniquest have partnered with Jam Creative Studios to bring it to the capital.

We had no idea how it worked, so we just spent a bit of time navigating the menus and on screen options. It was really easy to use once we got stuck in, and lots of fun too!

There's a large screen to view your transformations as well as small screen to the left with options to choose from. There are so many cool options, from occupations to animals as well as my favourite topic of the body (think skeletons and so on!). 

You basically choose your 'theme' from the small screen, stand on the orange circle and lift your arms up. 

Within no time at all the chosen costume will pop up on the screen, moving when you move! You can move your legs and arms and dance around and it will move along with you. You can also use your hands to change the costume and take a selfie! Check Warren trying it out in this video...

The selfies are pretty easy to take, you simply hover over the hand print on the large screen and close your fist to take the photo. Then you go to the smaller screen and send it to yourself via email. Mine arrived within seconds to my inbox!

George and Molly adored having a go at being astronauts, animals and skeletons! It was also great for co-ordination, moving in different directions and using the screen to take photos and change costumes. It's so much fun for all the family, as you've already seen, Warren had a great time!

We always have such a fun and educational time at Techniquest, there's loads to explore and the existing installations never get boring!

They just keep adding more wonderful and interesting areas – a great excuse to go back time and time again!

Have you been lately and checked out the Virtual Changing Room? What do you think?

Disclosure: We received free entry in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.


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