Angry Birds Take Over the Kennedy Space Center

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

Hooray! The shutdown is…um, shut down? Shut up? Regardless, now you can visit the Kennedy Space Center again! Its Visitor Complex’s purpose is to bring to life the epic story of the U.S. space program. You go there to see the actual 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket, 3D IMAX space films or interactive exhibits. So what’s the latest that ties in some way with space exploration, NASA, or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education? Birds, is what. But not just any birds, Angry Birds. As in the Angry Birds Space Encounter. Andrea Farmer, Senior Public Relations Manager for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, fills us in.

And you thought your garage had enough room to tinker in

And you thought your garage had enough room to tinker in.

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Where did the Angry Birds exhibit idea come from?

Andrea Farmer
The original idea for Angry Birds Space came in a Twitter message from @NASA to Rovio that said: “Our computers are a bit better than they were in ’69. We might be able to help you launch birds if you find pigs in space.”  That tweet was the starting point for conversations that eventually led to NASA’s partnership with Rovio and the creation of the Angry Birds Space game and Angry Birds Space Encounter at the Visitor Complex. Angry Birds Space Encounter allows visitors to not only play the game they’ve come to love, but also actually become a part of the Angry Birds Space game in the real world.

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Which is…?

Andrea Farmer
Angry Birds Space Encounter really is a “doing” more than “seeing” experience. As the name implies, visitors encounter and interact with elements of the Angry Birds Space game that are brought to physical reality. The 4,485-square-foot Angry Birds Space Encounter brings to life the space adventures of the Angry Birds as they follow their kidnapped eggs into an inter-galactic wormhole, come face-to-face with Space Pigs and gear up with heroic superpowers. Visitors encounter five interactive stations designed to engage and immerse them in a new dimension of Angry Birds Space:

Eggsteroids Slingshot – Ready, set, squawk! Guests take their best shot – slingshot, that is – at King Pig and Corporal Pig, competing with fellow players using mini Angry Birds launched in a slingshot to zap the Space Pigs.

Cold Cuts Tile Puzzle – Guests line up a universe of planets and Angry Birds to solve sliding puzzles, with three levels of difficulty, featuring images of Super Red, Ice Bird, The Incredible Terence and Space King, Pig in a Bubble.

Lazers ain't your friend

Lazers ain’t your friend

Danger Zone – Proceed with caution! The Danger Zone features a mirrored labyrinth challenge to find the hidden Angry Birds. Guests discover surprises along the way.

Red Planet Lazer Challenge – The Angry Birds need help finding their prized golden eggs! Guests journey to the surface of the Red Planet to search for the mythical eggs but need to watch out for lazer beams that create obstacles along the course, making the mission more difficult.

Angry Birds Game Zone – Guests can play the actual Angry Birds Space game in a tournament against fellow guests, mastering selected levels and discovering little known hints to zap the pigs.

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Sounds fun.

Andrea Farmer
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests have been consistently and overwhelmingly positive in their response to Angry Birds Space Encounter. Parents are finding that their kids enjoy the encounter so much that they don’t want to leave! NASA and the Visitor Complex are always looking for ways to further engage young people in science and technology, so the positive response to Angry Birds Space Encounter is exactly on target. Concepts of human space exploration are incorporated into Angry Birds Space Encounter, reflecting Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s ongoing mission to encourage young people in the STEM fields of study. Kids love interacting with their favorite Angry Birds Space characters, while parents appreciate that their children are enjoying the learning experience.

We bet the theme song's playing in your head right now.

We bet the theme song’s playing in your head right now.

Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture. Visit his website.

Mark Setrakian in exo-suit with training robot used in the time challenge featured in the premiere episode.

Mark Setrakian in exo-suit with training robot used in the time challenge featured in the premiere episode.

Marshal found the sound of the future in Christopher Tyng’s 31st Century Beat and learned how to build his own battle bot when he interviewed Sy-Fy’s Mark Setrakian in Slaughterbots: Roll Out!

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