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Norwalk Museum Releases Rainforest Game App

A new rainforest-themed game app extends the reach of the Stepping Stones Museum for Children beyond its South Norwalk home to the virtual world of the iPad.

“We’re devoted to learning, especially 21st century learning,” said Kim Kuta, the museum’s director of evaluation and grant research. The game educates 8- to 12-year-olds about the interconnection between plants and animals in an Amazonian rainforest, and costs 99 cents on iTunes. The museum chose to build the game for the iPad only because it centers on large, colorful photos of animals, and because the tablet computer is growing in popularity.

The museum worked with the Rainforest Alliance and Norwalk-based Ruckus Media Group to develop the program. They plan to release more apps in the future, likely for SmartPhones in addition to iPads. The next game will be aimed at younger children, Kuta said.

Museum members can get a peek at the app at a launch party at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the museum.

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