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#129-The Daily Show – Soaring to the Moon with Odysseus, eSports in Education, and Edible Glitter at the Zoo

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Prepare to be dazzled as we rocket to the moon with the groundbreaking lunar landing of Odysseus, Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander, and touch back down to Earth with a look at how an eSports lab is changing the game in education. We’re charting new terrain in space and on the ground, from the private sector’s leap into lunar exploration to Frank Nims Middle School’s pioneering renovation, which includes a state-of-the-art gaming room designed to equip students with tech skills for the future. It’s a wild ride that promises to expand your horizons on the impact of commercial space missions and the revolution brewing in educational strategies.

Hold onto your joysticks because we’re leveling up the conversation on the transformative power of esports in schools and its ripple effect on Family Entertainment Centers and Location-Based Entertainment venues. Imagine a world where traditional sports and competitive gaming stand side by side, offering students and patrons alike a universe of opportunities to engage, learn, and play. We’re exploring how these immersive experiences can foster community, cater to a broader audience, and redefine what it means to be entertained in the 21st century. Plus, we’ll let you in on how one FEC owner’s savvy pivot to digital vending experiences is satisfying the appetites of thrill-seekers everywhere.

Finally, we’re zooming in on the intersection of creativity and conservation with a visit to Blackpool Zoo, where edible glitter isn’t just for cupcakes—it’s a sparkling innovation for tracking the health of endangered Asian elephants. And if that’s not enough to keep you glued, we’ve got updates on an intriguing experiment and a heartwarming story waiting in the wings for our next episode. As CB and BW, we’re wrapping this up from Canada with a reminder to embrace the sparkle in every day and an invitation to join us for more stories that promise to ignite your curiosity and brighten your world.

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The brainchild of two location-based experience enthusiasts, Christine Buhr and Brandon Willey, the LBX Collective aims to inform and educate, create opportunities to connect with industry peers, and to spur collaboration, discourse, and cross-pollination of ideas.

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