Atlanta’s High Museum Has Launched a ‘Dating App’ to Match Visitors With the Perfect Artwork

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Visiting an art museum can be illuminating, emotional, and educational. It can also be totally overwhelming, especially somewhere like Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, which houses more than 15,000 works.

To give you some direction, Julia Forbes (the High Museum’s Shannon Landing Amos Head of Museum Interpretation and Digital Engagement) and Ivey Rucket (Manager of Web and New Media) brainstormed and built Heartmatch, a Tinder-inspired app that personalizes a museum itinerary for you based on artworks you swipe right on, Smithsonian.com reports.

No need to download this app—just head to Heartmatch.org on your device and tap “Get Started” under the title slide’s headline “Ready to Fall in Love?” You’ll be shown a series of works from the High’s collection and asked to swipe right for each one you like, and swipe left for each one you don’t particularly care to see (you can also hit the heart and X buttons below each artwork to indicate like or dislike). After several swipes, the app will deliver you a map of the museum with your artwork matches clearly marked. The top of the map shows the museum’s three wings with how many matches you chose in each wing. Below, the map breaks down each wing with the specific galleries where you can view your matches. You can email the map to yourself, or you can choose to keep swiping for the opportunity to add more works to your existing map. And since the app includes 100 works, you can keep swiping until you have a pretty extensive personal visitor’s guide.

Another similarity between Heartmatch and an actual dating app is that Heartmatch will only add artworks to your tour that you’ve already swiped right on, just like Tinder won’t match you with a person you haven’t already said you like.


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Forbes and Rucket told the American Alliance of Museums that they had three specific goals in mind while creating the app: to show their on-site visitors their collection’s diversity, to direct them to artworks they liked so they could experience them in person, and to collect data on their tastes.

Collecting data on visitors' tastes will help the museum know which popular works to highlight in their marketing efforts, but it won’t leave the under-liked pieces left in the dust. Instead, the High will feature them in their educational programming, to “turn ‘swipe lefts’ into ‘swipe rights.’”

[h/t Smithsonian.com]

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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This 10-Year-Old Is Sending Art Supplies to Hundreds of Kids in Homeless Shelters and Foster Homes

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She may be stuck at home, but Chelsea Phaire has found a way to connect with hundreds of kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. As CNN reports, the 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, has used her time in isolation to send 1500 art project packs to kids in foster homes and homeless shelters.

Phaire had been interested in starting a charity from a young age, and on her birthday in August 2019, she launched Chelsea's Charity with help from her parents. Instead of birthday gifts, Chelsea asked for art supplies, and all the items she received went to a homeless shelter in New York. The Phaires have since set up a wishlist on Amazon, so anyone can donate supplies for the art kits. One pack includes crayons, paper, markers, gel pens, coloring books, and colored pencils.

In recent months, Phaire's mission to provide resources to underserved kids has become more vital than ever. Schools around the country have closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which means kids have less access to art supplies than they did before. Young people may also be dealing with increased stress and boredom from being isolated inside. By sharing art kits, Phaire hopes to give them a healthy outlet for their struggles.

Chelsea's Charity has donated more than 1500 kits to schools, shelters, and foster homes since stay-at-home orders rolled out in March, which is more than was donated in the initiative's first five months. COVID-19 has forced Phaire to do some things differently: While she would normally get to meet many of the people she helps in person, she now sends all her donations by mail. Until it's safe to travel again, she's staying connected to kids through social media, as you can see in the video below.

[h/t CNN]