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EAM Arcade

Portable Hands-On Museum | Grades K-6


New for 2020! Bring the arcade to you!

Mobile Ed's STEAM Arcade is here, ready to turn your event into a fun-filled arcade full of games to inspire imagination and exercise your students' minds. Brand-new for 2020!

The games of STEAM Arcade have been designed to build skills such as pattern recognition, motor control, eye-hand coordination and teamwork through gameplay.  Students will be invited to not only play, but to examine all of the elements at work – the lights, the sounds, the logos, the color schemes, and even the programmed movements all convey a message.  All of those elements go into game design, and all of those elements are what make up STEAM.

STEAM Arcade includes at least ten different arcade-quality games appropriate for ages 5 and up. In addition, colorful banners guide the experience and provide additional information and history.

We take care of everything!  We come to your location, set up the fun, and you and your kids enjoy. The flexible structure of STEAM Arcade is great for school assemblies, special events, fundraisers, fairs, and more!

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Interactive, hands-on learning

One of the earliest things we teach is to recognize patterns.  Many early educational toys are built around placing objects in order or identifying outliers. But as we age, we learn to recognize more complicated patterns – from musical composition to understanding traffic lights, our lives are built around the practice of identifying characteristics, establishing where we've seen them before, and noticing the order and rate of their occurrence.

Pattern recognition on a sophisticated scale is a skill directly related to game design and – perhaps more importantly – success at playing games. While reflexes play a crucial role, pattern recognition is instrumental not only in game-playing, but also in physical sports and in many careers.

As we move into a bright, new tomorrow, there grows a need to learn how to interact with computers – both on an intellectual level, in terms of how we talk to and interface with computers, and on a more physical one.  Engineers now have to consider ergonomics and hand-eye coordination when designing systems, including interactive games. 

At Mobile Ed's STEAM Arcade, students will not only be prompted to examine the ergonomics and design of the games they play, but they will discover statistics, probability, geometry and physics along the way. They will learn by doing in the way they like more than anything - by playing games!

Just a few of the exhibits in Mobile Ed's STEAM Arcade...

STEAM Pinball
The world's first educational pinball machine, STEAM Pinball is a state-of-the-art simulation that allows kids to explore gravity, friction, geometry, addition, subtraction, and positive and negative numbers through timeless pinball gameplay.

Pixel Arcade
All programmers have to start somewhere – and where better than to start with studying some of the first, and simplest video games? Students will be invited not only to play, but to examine the graphic and logic elements at work of three of the most influential games in history in a way they've never seen them before.

Playback Memory Game
Test your memory and reflexes with this hands-on game that will give your brain a workout!  Recognize the patterns and tap into your short and long term memory to win.

Buzz Wire
A classic science museum exhibit!  Students have to keep their hand steady as they attempt to pass a loop over a wire bent with increasingly difficult curves.  If they touch the loop to the wire, they'll complete the circuit, it will beep, and they'll have to start over again.  A fun way to learn about basic circuitry!

Mash Machine
All ages can create their own music featuring an amazing level of control at this intuitive exhibit.  You don't even know how to play an instrument or read music - anyone can do it!  Students have to communicate and work together as well as recognize patterns in order to make their own hit songs.

Star Team
You will have to work together in order to figure out the spaceship's massive control panel and pilot it through one disaster after another.  Real-life teamwork and communication skills are crucial to getting a high score!

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Program Summary

Grade Level K-6
Max Audience Size 60 per group 
Performance Time 40 minute sessions (5 minutes between sessions)
Number of Sessions 1-6 sessions per day.  Additional sessions (up to 8 total) available for an additional fee.
Setup Time 2 hours
Teardown Time 1.5 hours
Required Utilities
  • An open area roughly 50' x 50' (2500 square feet). A gymnasium or cafeteria works best.
  • Handicap accessibility; no stairs.
  • Access to four (4) electrical outlets (1 20 amp circuit).
  • A minimum of one (1) adult volunteer to help load-in/load-out
Subjects Covered
  • Game design
  • Programming
  • Pattern recognition
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Ergonomics
  • Music and sound
  • Graphic and industrial design
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Circuitry
  • Teamwork

What is STEAM Education?

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education is a nationwide initiative that creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. It is a synergestic approach to teaching the STEAM disciplines instead of isolating them as separate schools of thought.  It is the next logical step in what the STEM initiative began by incorporating art to bring the right-brain into traditional scientific thinking.

STEAM Education - Science - Mobile Ed Science
The games at STEAM Arcade are really science museum exhibits in disguise.  With every push of each button, your kids discover something new about physics, patterns, electronics, programming, and human/machine interfaces.  Some of the games are even themed to science-related topics, like space or the medical field.

STEAM Education - Technology - Mobile Ed

Every game at STEAM Arcade uses some degree of technology.  From the basic easy-to-understand circuits of the Buzz Wire and Top Doc to the electronic wizardry of STEAM Pinball's physics simulator, you will learn how technology isn't just useful - it's fun!

STEAM Education - Engineering - Mobile Ed Engineering
Some of the most clever creations people have come up with are the toys and games we enjoy every day.  Experience what it takes to build fun by getting hands-on with different types of games; video games, carnival games, and even pinball.  

STEAM Education - Art - Mobile Ed

Game design truly is a modern art form, and STEAM Arcade is just as much an art museum as it is a hands-on museum.  Break down the design elements of the various games and learn what makes them work.  Learn about famous game designers and get inspired.  Marvel at the simplicity of pixel art and make your own music!

STEAM Education - Math - Mobile Ed

You can't have a high score without involving math!  The math level of STEAM Arcade scales with the students; lower elementary students will see practical applications of numbers in timers and scoreboards using addition and subtraction.  Upper elementary kids will be introduced to Cartesian coordinates, statistics and geometry.


Inspire your students to become the game designers of tomorrow with Mobile Ed's STEAM Arcade!

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