‘Sofia’ video game exhibit launches at Explore & More museum

sofia video game screenshot.


Published September 16, 2020


A playable video game version of “Sofia Learns About Research,” the children’s activity and coloring book that presents research in a non-threatening way, can be experienced now at downtown Buffalo’s Explore & More ­— The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum.

The University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Institute (CTSI) partnered with Explore & More to create an exhibit that showcased “Sofia” and allowed for children to perform their own research in a safe environment, while also getting a taste of what real research looks like. The game lets the player create his or her own Research Ranger superhero avatar to help Sofia find out what is causing her asthma so it can be treated.

Free copies of the original “Sofia” activity book, which was developed by a multidisciplinary UB CTSI team, are available at the museum's front desk. 

The video game exhibit is the latest development in the journey of “Sofia.” Most recently, the book was adapted for an interactive, web-based version on the CTSI website.