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Strecker Museum to host 'Carmen Sandiego' game

Nov. 14, 1997

Strecker Museum to host 'Carmen Sandiego' game

By Scott Karafin

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

A well-known thief will invade the Baylor campus from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday when children will search the Strecker Museum for the infamous Carmen Sandiego, the arch-villian in a popular series of computer games for children.

Children ages six to 12 will try to retrieve a stolen artifact and catch Carmen Sandiego herself as they play 'Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?' among the exhibits of the museum.

After receiving a list of clues designed to put them on the trail, participants, each accompanied by an adult, will be asked to answer various questions about dinosaurs, settlers and other past time periods.

Dr. Ellie Caston, director of operations for the Strecker Museum, said 6- to 8-year-old children will receive color-coded clues with corresponding dots on the floor to help them through the puzzle.

Six museum studies students will be assisting these children as well as quizzing them on their knowledge of the different exhibits.

'The informants ask them questions and them tell them what to do,' she said. 'The students will talk to them about dinosaurs and other things.'

She said the older children will have less help in solving the clues, but will still have the opportunity to ask questions.

KCTF-TV, a member affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service, televises a game show version of 'Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?' weekdays at 4 p.m. on broadcast channel 34 and CableVision channel 4. KCTF officials said they worked closely with the museum to make the event possible.

Nan Holmes, special projects manager for KCTF, said they hope to have 100 kids take part.

'The best part is that it's free,' she said. 'All they have to do is show up.'

Holmes said KCTF, being a public television station, is a natural partner with Strecker Museum because the purpose of the show is to promote history.

'The goal is to create more awareness about the show,' she said. 'And to have a good time.'

Caston said the program benefits everyone.

'We are pleased to work with KCTF-TV to present this special event,' she said. 'Our museum encourages children to learn in a variety of ways. This event is an excellent opportunity for children to stretch their imaginations and to learn while they are having fun.'

She said elementary schools frequently come to Strecker and that it has many things for youths as well as adults.

'We'd like to be (youth-oriented). We offer opportunities for children of all ages,' she said.

The Baylor students helping with the event also get a great deal from it, she said.

'It's a way for our museum studies students to apply what they learn,' she said. 'They get to create a program and watch the kids take part in it. It's a very hands-on program.'

Joanna Myers, a Copperas Cove junior, will be one of the assistants on Saturday.

She said the goal, beyond finding Carmen Sandiego, is to get kids to come to the museum and see what it is like.

'For some of them, this will be their first time in a museum,' she said. 'We want to let them tell us what they already know.'

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