The Children's Own Media Museum

The Children's Own Media Museum

October 04, 2012 15:32 ET

The Children's Own Media Museum is Hosting Its First Programming Showcase at the HarbourKIDS FOLK Festival, October 6-8, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2012) - The Children's Own Media Museum is a re-imagining of the museum experience for kids and their families. In 2012, the museum began its transformation from the Children's Own Museum to a new model of museum - bringing mobile, hands-on and interactive programming to communities in Toronto and the GTA.

Our mission is to provide an environment where children and their families can learn to curate, explore, experiment, design, translate, create, make and play in the high-tech, high-touch world inspired by some of the concepts and ideas of Marshall McLuhan. On display at Harbourfront will be six activities: playing with Solar Robots, building microchips with Arduino Experimenter Kits, making 3D moustaches, designing your own pinball game, kids dance party using modded equipment, and improvised storytelling using the alphabet. And, we'll be holding a draw for a backyard playground generously donated by Big Backyard.

Why are we inspired by Marshall McLuhan? COMM believes that Marshall McLuhan's ideas are as relevant today as they were in the 60s and 70s. As a thinker who presaged our current electronic society with his writings and probes, he advocated exploration and examination of the world around us. Not just to understand what is happening to our culture, but why. Not just to learn how to use the tools around us but to understand how our tools are using us. "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media.

By bringing innovative programming to kids and their families in Toronto and the GTA we aim to give them the space to explore new technology and ideas and to understand how they're changing the world around us.

As McLuhan also said in 1957, "the age of automation is going to be the age of "do-it-yourself." COMM is going to allow kids a "do-it-yourself" experience where kids can design everything and every thing is interesting.

We are proud that our partnership with the McLuhan Legacy Network and its founder, Dr. Bob Logan has developed this source of inspiration for COMM and continues to influence our programming and efforts.

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