The Mind The STEM Gap -
A Roblox Jukebox Installation at Triennale Milano
A journey from infinitesimally small molecules to the immensity of space.
A video game to break down gender stereotypes in science.
After unveiling the “Mind the STEM Gap” Manifesto in February 2022 at Expo 2020 in Dubai, Fondazione Bracco continues its commitment to young women’s access to science with its “Mind The STEM Gap – A Roblox Jukebox” installation (Triennale Milano, 1 July - 31 October 2022), in dialogue with the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exposition Unknown Unknowns – An Introduction to Mysteries.
Conceived by the Fondazione Bracco to mark the Bracco Group’s ninety-fifth anniversary and designed by Space Caviar, the installation is an immersive, interactive video game not just for girls and boys but anyone over the age of ten, offering a chance to experiment with leading-edge languages and technologies.
The installation’s key themes are equal access to science and overcoming gender stereotypes in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The game takes place in a digital space where experiences and life stories from different disciplines converge, a place for open and plural reflection and discussion.
The installation’s sixteen workstations equipped with optical viewers and joysticks take viewers on a virtual journey from the infinitesimal smallness of molecules to the immensity of space, all within the Triennale gardens. This profound experience offers access to a galaxy of multidisciplinary worlds and reveals science’s creative and generative power.
The Narrative Path
Players encounter the six themes of the Mind the Stem Gap Manifesto – language, cultural stereotypes, role models, critical thinking, self-belief, and access to knowledge – through the game’s six levels. Each level is dedicated to a different scientific field; each level is introduced by an inspirational woman who made a difference to her field, accompanying players like a tour guide through their life stories: Marie Skłodowska Curie in chemistry, Ada Lovelace and Maria Gaetana Agnesi in mathematics, philosopher Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, botanist Anna Atkins, and astronomer Annie Jump Cannon. At the end of the journey, players can sign the Mind The Stem Gap manifesto. This last, significant “leap” (mind the gap!) is a simple, concrete way of acknowledging an issue that conditions scientific development and affects us all, male and female.
Like the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries (15 July - 11 December 2022), the game’s narrative is structured around questions. In fact, it focuses on many of the same themes as the exhibition, such as the force of gravity understood as a “universal designer”, mathematics as an invisible language, and space exploration as an irrepressible human urge.
Leveraging continuity between episodes in twentieth-century Italian design and the latest digital applications, the installation is based on Roblox, an online gaming platform with 202 million monthly active users, much loved by younger people: 67 percent of its users are under sixteen, and many Roblox developers are under eighteen.
“MIND THE STEM GAP – A ROBLOX JUKEBOX” INSTALLATION
Produced to mark the Bracco Group’s 95th Anniversary
Triennale Milano, at the Giancarlo De Carlo Gardens
Viale Alemagna 6, Milan, Italy
From 1 July to 31 October 2022
11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday (last admission 7 p.m.)
For reservations and installation tours, please contact email@example.com
Concept: Fondazione Bracco
Design: Space Caviar
Special thanks to Ersilia Vaudo, main curator of the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition.
We would also like to thank the following organizations for helping to raise awareness about the initiative: Confindustria’s Fondazione Giuseppina Mai, STEAMiamoci, and Progetto 100 donne contro gli stereotipi.
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