The Musée de la Gaspésie comes to schools

Le Musée de la Gaspésie s’invite dans les écoles

A contribution from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and TELUS enables young people in Gaspésie to discover museum collections through immersive digital stories and activities

Gaspé , 21 February 2022 . — As of February 24, the Musée de la Gaspésie is coming to elementary schools with a highly innovative immersive experience called A Museum in My Suitcase . This game is the original idea and the basic scenario of two Museum professionals: Katherine Yockell, animation manager and Sandra Turcotte, museology technician. The creation was entrusted to CREO, a Montreal company specializing in scientific, cultural and educational digital tools. This immersive museum experience will captivate young people with its playful approach and a variety of technological means by inviting them to play Mission: Artefact . The first elementary school to host this entertaining digital experience is École Saint-Rosaire at the Center de services scolaire des Chic-Chocs in Gaspé.

The Museum travels to nurture young minds
Mobilizing young people in a class by making them discover the collections virtually, that's what the Musée de la Gaspésie has set itself the objective of calling on CREO. The intention was to design a digital and mobile mediation tool that is easily deployed in a classroom and that calls for engaging student participation. Mission: Artefact recruits the students in the secret team of the Musée de la Gaspésie. Accompanied by Marine Pégassie, the students have the mandate to find and repatriate three Gaspé artifacts scattered around the globe. However, the task will not be easy, because the criminal organization PILLARD has sent its two best agents in pursuit of the artifacts. It is by carrying out real research work and putting their historical knowledge and logical sense to work that the students will be able to succeed in their mission.

Innovate, innovate, innovate
The health crisis has forced more than ever places of culture and heritage to decompartmentalize, to get out of the "traditional". Innovation has become the common ambition of those responsible for museums and monuments. “A museum must preserve history and ensure the sustainability and enrichment of its cultural heritage. But it must also speak to young people, today more than ever, by being more welcoming, more collaborative. The Museum is emphasizing an essential component of the institution's soul, its humanist mission, by offering a premiere of A Museum in My Suitcase ,” says Jean-Marie Fallu, President of the Musée de la Gaspésie.

A donation that will make the Gaspé identity shine
"We are very proud that the $15,000 donation from the TELUS Foundation for a Better Future can support such an innovative project," said Marie-Christine D'Amours, Vice-President, Residential Solutions and Customer Experience in Quebec, at TELUS. This experience aligns perfectly with our mission to connect young people to a world of possibilities through technology. It will serve to educate students about their heritage and their Gaspé identity in a fun and informative way. We are deeply inspired by the work of the Musée de la Gaspésie and by the creativity of the initiatives put in place to promote the region's history. »

Up to you!
This educational and technological game will be available for the 2022-2023 school year in all primary schools in Gaspésie and will be an integral part of the process of modernizing the Museum's educational mission.

About CREO
CREO Inc. is dedicated to the creation and production of scientific, cultural and educational content and digital tools. CREO creates interactive experiences and tailor-made games to help its partners better communicate, educate, promote and entertain. Since 2001, the studio has been developing productions in collaboration with companies, ministries, school networks, professional associations and museum institutions, in addition to distributing its serious game platforms. Its virtual world SCIENCE EN JEU aims to stimulate young people's interest in science and technology.


Source: Gaspésie Museum

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For any question related to the project A museum in my suitcase:
Martin Roussy
General director
418 306-3784