The feathers are officially flying at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which has introduced its Angry Birds Space Encounter attraction. The attraction, based on a digital game in which animated birds are flung via slingshot toward intergalactic targets such as Space Pigs, aims to inspire kids to learn about science and technology.
"Science can really be this cool," said Kevlin Manning, associate director at Kennedy Space Center, during Friday's grand opening of the 4,485-square-foot attractions.
Also on hand was astronaut Don Pettit, who originally announced the Angry Birds connection while aboard the International Space Station.
"There is a thread of math and science and engineering in these games," Pettit said.
Inside Angry Birds Space Encounter are interactive stations where kids can use screens to solve puzzles and create original bird characters. It also includes a mirrored maze, a laser challenge and the Eggsteroids Slingshot game, where oversized slingshots are used to fire off plush versions of the Birds at targets.
"Everybody wants to play the game in the physical sense. Of course we have to have some massive slingshots and be able to knock stuff down. Everybody wants to do that," said Dan Mitchell, director of location-based entertainment at Rovio Entertainment, the creator of the Angry Birds franchise.
Angry Birds Space Explosion is included in regular Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission. For more information, go to KennedySpaceCenter.com.