Science Fiction Exhibits as STEM Gateways

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Resource Type:
Thesis | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals
Education and learning science | General STEM | Technology
Access and Inclusion: 
Women and Girls
University of Washington

Women continue to hold less than a quarter of all STEM jobs in the United States, prompting many museums to develop programs and exhibits with the express goal of interesting young girls in scientific fields. At the same time, a number of recent museum exhibits have harnessed the popularity of pop culture and science fiction in order to interest general audiences in STEM subject matter, as well as using the exhibits as springboards to expand or shift mission goals and focus. Because science fiction appears to be successful at raising interest in STEM fields, it may be an effective way to garner the interest of young girls in STEM in particular. This research seeks to describe the ways in which museums are currently using science fiction exhibits to interest young girls in STEM fields and careers.

Team Members

Samantha RobieSamantha RobieAuthor

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