KUAUA: An Ancient City by the River

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KUAUA: An Ancient City by the River
PICT 2015, Coronado Historic Site

Just up the river from Albuquerque, New Mexico sits the ancient city of Kuaua, long thought to be the point of first contact between the Spanish explorer Coronado and the Pueblo Indians around the year 1540. It is also the site of beautiful painted murals found inside of a ceremonial Kiva.

Video by Shane Fores, Chris Killion, Monica Garcia, Kerry Loewen, Jeff Burdick, Andrew Shephard.

Sim Pueblo

During PICT 2015, students developed an interactive with an ipad and 3D printed models.

Graduate student Simone Seagle converted the original prototype for the HP Sprout,  an all-in-one PC that has two touch screens, a 3D camera, etc.

Manhattan Project

PICT 2017

Students created new exhibit components for the Manhattan Project National Park in Los Alamos, NM. Components included graphic design for exhibit panels, 360 video, scent and sound based interactive drawers, and an interactive gallery on a touchscreen. Continue reading “Manhattan Project”

Acadia Interactive Rail

Acadia National Park
Interactive Rail

In this exhibit, visitors compare and contrast sounds of Marsh life and Open Ocean ecosystems. We used Museduino, our own open-source system for building exhibits. The rail is embedded with buttons to trigger over head speakers and LED lights to illuminate the left and right side of the exhibit panel.

Acadia Bird Matching Game

Acadia National Park
Bird Matching Game

In this exhibit, visitors are invited to match a shorebird’s egg to its image. The egg is embedded with an RFID tag, which when read correctly, triggers the sound of the bird’s call. The wrong egg triggers a “incorrect” sound clip. Each set is stand-alone, so highly motivated visitors can get a cacophony of north eastern shorebirds calling out.

Coronado Historic Site

PICT 2015

Professors Miriam Langer, Kerry Loewen, and David Mendez guided students through the redesign of the Coronado Visitor’s Center in an intensive six-credit program. Students put in long hours collaborating with others to achieve professional level results.

View related PICT 2015 projects: Sim Pueblo, Coronado TourKuaua video

Check out Coronado website here.

Science of Cities


PICT 2013

PICT was once again conducted in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute, with funding provided by the Delle Foundation. PICT students created the exhibit The Science of Cities for the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

The following is a stop motion video was made during PICT 2013 to showcase the museum’s new Makerspace as part of the Science of Cities Exhibit, a collaboration with the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Stop Motion Video
Makerspace at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum