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  • Date: 05/30/2018
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Global Soundscapes! Big Data, Big Screens, Open Ears project employs a variety of informal learning experiences to present the physics of sound and the new science of soundscape ecology. The interdisciplinary science of soundscape ecology analyzes sounds over time in different ecosystems around the ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    As part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program funds innovative research, approaches and resources for use in a variety of settings. The subject of physics and all of its sub-disciplines are becoming more prevalent in the public press as the research results appear ... »
  • Date: 05/16/2017
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    How can children protect their skin from the sun, keep their hearts healthy, and lower their risk of diabetes? Kids learn how to take on all kinds of health challenges at Question It? Discover It!, a Saturday series held at the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson. Healthcare professionals ranging from surgeons to dermatologists engage ... »
  • Date: 02/09/2017
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    At the entryway to Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM), a vibrant collection of nearly 400 self-portraits greets visitors, proclaiming, “We are Chicago Children’s Museum.” The faces of children, teachers, community leaders, parents, and caregivers from a variety of backgrounds are intermingled with mirrors so that all visitors are reflected in the ... »
  • Date: 07/31/2016
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    We asked science centers and museums to share their best pieces of advice and most important lessons learned regarding the following: 1) selecting topics and activities for out-of-school time programs, 2) partnering with afterschool providers and other community partners, 3) meeting the needs of underserved communities in out-of-school time ... »
  • Date: 07/29/2016
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    A seven-year-old boy, his tech-savvy big sister, and their scientist parents take on the universe in Miles from Tomorrowland, an animated series set in outer space. Creator and Executive Producer Sascha Paladino pitched the show to Disney in 2010, shortly after learning that he and his wife were expecting twins. Fearing that he might never take ... »
  • Date: 03/31/2016
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    Many of the world’s leading experts are projecting that energy demand will grow 37% by 2035. There is clearly a need for increased energy literacy. With this in mind, ASTC and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), in partnership with BP America, have launched a new Energy Education Initiative designed to increase young people’s energy ... »
  • Date: 06/10/2011
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    This article describes how some museums are expanding their partnerships with schools and encouraging teachers to view museums as more than field trip destinations. This article describes the benefits of museum schools, citing the advantages of the symbiotic relationship between the museums and schools, the value of inquiry-based learning, and the ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2011
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Joy Kubarek-Sandor, manager of student and teacher programs at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and Lorrie Beaumont, director of Evergreen Research & Evaluation, discuss the Shedd Naviators program as a model of professional development programming. Kubarek-Sandor and Beaumont discuss the evaluation strategies and results of Shedd ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2011
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Jennifer DeWitt, a research fellow at King's College London, presents a Framework for Museum Practice that she and her colleague Jonathan Osborne developed to help science centers and museums maximize the educational potential of field trips. This framework is intended to help museum educators develop resources to enhance teacher ... »