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Increasing Participation in Informal Science Learning

September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

The Springfield Science Museum will increase participation in informal science learning by making its educational programs and learning spaces more accessible and inclusive. Museum staff will undergo Disability Inclusion and Universal Design training to redesign and enhance a core multi-use learning space and principle STEM program that can remove physical, cognitive, and social barriers to learning. External evaluators will measure access needs and learning outcomes before and after project upgrades in order to track progress and develop a scalable model of inclusive practice for all the museum’s science programming. The result will be an improved educational experience for visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.


Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-245624-OMS-20
Funding Amount: $84,637


  • Katie Merrill
    Principal Investigator
    Springfield Museums
  • Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
    Audience: General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks | Professional Development and Workshops
    Access and Inclusion: People with Disabilities

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