Dr. Mindflip’s Ultimate Learning Experience

A surreal, sinister, and perfectly-safe tour through the world of physics

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Dr. Mindflip’s Ultimate Learning Experience was funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Institute of Physics and developed in partnership with The Department of Experimental Physics at Maynooth University.

It has been made by a team of artists, filmmakers, scriptwriters, designers and scientists who describe it as a light-hearted and educational exploration into the laws of physics and science, created specifically for Science Week 2018.was .

and a large team of artists, designers, musicians, gamers and actors from a wide spectrum of backgrounds who created the project from scratch.

The team chose to primarily visit girls’ schools during its tour around Ireland in order to increase interest in physics among girls, as they are typically underrepresented in the field.

Upon entering the caravan, the students are immediately immersed in a ‘choose your own adventure’ game where they follow the story of a mad scientist, Dr MindFlip, and his robot assistant Anustasia.

The students work their way through the doctor’s scientific archives from years past while learning some fascinating facts about the universe and how it works, before being tested on their knowledge of the chosen topics.

Students playing the game get to choose three of nine options: Nuclear Energy, Quantum Physics, The Physics of Sound, Astrophysics, Energy, Light as a Wave, Lasers, Electromagnetism and Gravity.

Each option is based in a different time period and the players follow the Doctor’s spiralling career from a hotshot nuclear physicist in the 1950s to a broke and elderly science vlogger in the early 2000s while all the while his robot assistant Anustasia becomes more and more technologically advanced.

Dr MindFlip’s Ultimate Learning Experience is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Institute of Physics. It has been made by a team of artists, filmmakers, scriptwriters, designers and scientists who describe it as a light-hearted and educational exploration into the laws of physics and science, created specifically for Science Week 2018.

 

Production team

Patrick McGlynn
Tess Pickell
Tomás Donaghy
Aidan Guilfoyle
Dan Nickström
Paulina Nickström
Barnabus Cowsley
Sławomir Bracki

Special thanks

Neil Trappe
Ina Albrecht
Áine Coonan & Fantasy Face Art
Colin O'Brien
The Guilfoyles
Aisling Joyce
Science Foundation Ireland
Maynooth University
The Institute of Physics

Filmed in Rainwater Studio, Co. Westmeath & Maynooth University, Co. Kildare