Science Museum gets augmented with James May’s Science Stories

Ah, the Science Museum in London. It was always thrilling when I went there as a child, because you could press buttons and Make Stuff Happen. The equivalent for today’s kids goes further though: an augmented reality app.

It’s called James May’s Science Stories, and it’s just come out for iPhone and iPad (as well as Android). The idea is that you point your phone at special markers in 10 exhibits in the museum’s Making Of The Modern World gallery, and see a virtual James May of Top Gear fame pop up to explain them.

The exhibits include the Model T Ford, the Rolls Royce Merlin engine and the world’s first X-Ray machine. And cleverly, the markers can be printed out from the Science Museum’s website to use at home – good if you’re not planning a visit any time soon.

James May’s Science Stories costs £1.99 on the App Store. It should press the buttons of any child with an interest in science.

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