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Alfred University students’ museum exhibit helps teach youngsters about animals

ROCHESTER, NY – Alfred University students in Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo’s Animal Behavior class are taking part in an exhibit at the Rochester Museum of Science this weekend that aims to educate kids on the biology and conservation of animals.

Zimbler-DeLorenzo, associate professor of biology at Alfred University, teaches the Animal Behavior class. About a dozen of her students are collaborating with several students in the Digital Media Art (DMA) program at Alfred State College to create the “Animals Interactive” exhibit at the museum, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3.

Visitors to the exhibit, which is aimed at school-age children, will use a variety of interactive exhibit components developed by students from both Alfred University and Alfred State. They include virtual reality devices and interactive games played on computers and tablets.

“It will help children learn about different animal’s conservation and biology, how they behave in their habitats,” Zimbler-DeLorenzo explained. She added that the interactive component of the exhibit will be complemented by written material helpful to both children and adults.