Ark4 is a cooperation project between 4 Institutions of Trondheim NTNU UB; IDI;Regional State Archives and Deaf Museum. The first prototype was launched in June and 12 students from the Steiner school in Trondheim participated to a workshop about plants in collaboration with Ringve Botanical garden, Vitenskapmuseet in Trondheim and Bjørn Sæther. The 7th of february a workshop was organized in collaboration with our international partner and evaluator, Athena Research Center, Athens Greece and the Norwegian embassy at Athens. School children of an age from 10 to 17 participated in an ARK4 workshop on botany and plants. The introduction was presented by our expert on botany, Gabriella Papstefanou, and the game was offered on a touch-screen by our IT expert Ioannis Lefteriotis. The kids answered a Knowledge test before and after the activity and they answered a survey about the quality of the gaming experience, they had. At the end they were interviewed by our collaborators from "Athena" RC, Agiati Benardou and Eliza Papaki, that were also observing them while working with the ARK4 application. The results will be published in a report and presented in EAA conference i September 2015.Ark4 intends to create a user methodology that can be shared by the national and regional community of libraries, schools and archives.
At the same time two more applications will be aunched in March 2015, one based on the content provided by the Deaf Museum of Trondheim with Line Norsveen as our partner and content developer and Gunnar Sørum from the States Archive of Trondheim. Both applications will be tested during the following months. ARK4 launched as well a film today in MUBIL channel in You tube which you can watch here in collaboration with the project Opp i Dagen, with Anne Katrine Meland who is leading the project in Rødøy. The project is creating activities in the immediate community in order to engage school children and local enterprises in the seek of knowledge of the past.
The experienced archaeologist Kari Binns Støren has provided the illustrations used in the Rødøyquiz and video. The film will be supplemented by a knowledge quiz to be played by the participants of workshops organized by ARK4 in May in collaboration with Anne Katrine Meland.The layout was done by Irene D. Marquez, the technical realization was done by Chiara Evangelista and the music by Marianna Røe.