Accessible crocodile model at FOCUS conference

Tina Schneider

By Tina Schneider
04.11.2021 | 5 minutes reading time

Our tactile crocodile was on the road! At this year’s FOCUS conference, the accessible model of a saltwater crocodile was presented to an interested audience of museum experts.

After the possibilities for using our accessible crocodile model had been severely limited in recent months due to the pandemic, it was presented to museum experts and cultural professionals at the FOCUS conference from 25 to 27 October. The conference took place in the impressive setting of the 700-year-old Pauli Monastery in Brandenburg an der Havel.

FOCUS in the Pauli Monastery in Brandenburg an der Havel, picture: Eva Waldherr, werk5 GmbH
FOCUS in the Pauli Monastery in Brandenburg an der Havel, picture: Eva Waldherr, werk5 GmbH

Participation in the FOCUS event was made possible by our project partner werk5 , who developed the tactile crocodile in collaboration with the Mediasphere For Nature team. At the FOCUS, werk5 took care of the conference stand and the enquiries of the trade visitors.

Crocodile at the conference stand (slightly hidden, see green arrow), picture: Eva Waldherr, werk5 GmbH
Crocodile at the conference stand (slightly hidden, see green arrow), picture: Eva Waldherr, werk5 GmbH

Eva Waldherr from werk5 gave the lecture “A crocodile goes online - how the (hidden) treasures of your collection contribute to an inclusive visitor experience and impactful content”, which included explanations on the process of creating the tactile crocodile.

Visitors were able to test the crocodile model extensively, and the audio feedback function was particularly well received. We were able to collect valuable feedback and aim to incorporate this into future projects.

Visitors explore our model, pictures: Una Schäfer, Interactive Scape
Visitors explore our model, pictures: Una Schäfer, Interactive Scape

Visitors explore our model, pictures: Eva Waldherr, werk5 GmbH
Visitors explore our model, pictures: Eva Waldherr, werk5 GmbH

Soon the crocodile will be packing its bags again and travelling on to the Rhine, to Exponatec trade fair in Cologne. We will be back with details.