Theme Park Animatronics Leader Adapts in the Era of COVID-19 and Creates Virtual Experiences for Schools across Entire U.S.

Students engage with the hands-on activity

The virtual platform removes geographic barriers and makes it possible to provide these virtual opportunities to schools all over the U.S. and beyond.

Animatronics are essentially moving life-like art with fascinating characteristics and abilities that coax the imagination one step closer to belief. Realistic movements, costumes, and sounds work together to transform fantasy into reality. Regardless of the outer believability, the real magic is everything you can’t see. Never has there been a greater partnership between art and engineering, creativity and math, technology, and imagination.

Inspired by the incredible work of Garner Holt Productions, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of theme park animatronics, Garner Holt Education through Imagination is creating solutions to the inherent challenges of distance learning. In partnerships with schools and educators, Garner Holt Education through Imagination offers hands-on learning experiences through our virtual field trips and workshops. Each virtual experience is paired with an activity kit sent directly to students that are built together with a live expert. The virtual platform removes geographic barriers and makes it possible to provide these virtual opportunities to schools all over the U.S. and beyond.

The projects are based on animatronic concepts that combine the STEAM areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in an engaging, interactive, fun, and creative way. Inside our virtual field trips, students see first-hand all of the different and distinct careers involved in building animatronics. From concept to completion and from spark to spectacular there are 50 specific STEAM careers collaborating and playing distinctive roles in bringing an animatronic to life. These careers are all in high demand across a wide range of industries and offer students a real-life connection to career exploration.

The virtual workshops and field trips put a relatable face on careers like:

-Research & Development
-Engineering
-Architecture
-Concept Art
-Computer-Aided Design
-CNC Milling
-Fabrication
-Welding
-Computer Programming
-Electronics
-Animation
-Figure Finishing Art
-Sculpting
-Audio-Visual Production
-Woodworking
-Plastics

These virtual experiences help students begin to align their interests as they visualize themselves in careers they may not have understood or known about. Imagination and excitement are the result as they explore and dream about their future life and career.

The great value in this conceptual introduction to the inner workings of animatronics represents a broad range of student interests. In other words, there is something for everyone in animatronics. This fascinating world is an excellent way to stimulate the minds of our next generation’s dreamers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

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