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The new website of the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia (National Museum of Science and Technology) will soon offer a more and more complete and amazing experience. The students attending the Master in Web Design have realized a project named Leonardonline on behalf of the Milan museum. One of the most important technical and scientific museums in the world which has 15,000 exhibits from IT to motors, to astronomy. This important Milan institution is also “the” Leonardo museum where it is possibile to see and experiment with the workings of his machines through extremely accurate wooden models.
The students have developed the new concept of the site’s educational section, which is one of the most visited because of its strong educational interest. Central to the space called Virtual Leonardo will be his famous machines: for some of these, intended for civil and military use, students have created 3D animations available on the Internet. The goal is to take the machines apart and put them back together again, investigating the secrets of their working in an easy and playful way.
Light animations which don’t necessarily require advanced technology or broad band. Infact, besides the Flash version, featuring complete drag&drop and interactive functionalities, there is a specific section dedicated to the HTML users which works well all the same thanks to a proper communication strategy.
An exciting task for the future web designers, facing the complex problems involved in an edutainment project thought of with largely school-based users in mind: educational effectiveness, usability, realism and entertainment. An important service, soon available online, for the schools all over the world that are approaching the Internet as a didactical instrument at an increasing rate. The virtual animations allow the user to get across the revolutionary drive of Leonardo’s intuitions, offering at the same time a fulfilling, educational experience.