There are many opportunities to get involved with local museums and science centers. Often your expertise is not available on-location. They may contact you, when a project arises that can use your knowledge, but you can let them know who you are and what you do as a resource for future projects.
Museums offer a wide variety of educational services to the community that go beyond the traditional exhibits. Museums offer educational materials and tours, classes to students of all ages, professional development workshops to educators, adult lecture series, family parcticipation days, and traveling resource kits, to name a few.
A distinct advantage of museums; people visit because they want to! Visitors are not a captive group of students in a classroom. Museums help science leverage what often is missed - fun!
Connections to Existing Program Models
Researchers with the United States International TransAntarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE) teamed up with the Boston Museum of Natural Science to share the experience through Webcasts and online journals. The site, Secrets of the Ice, also offers background information and resources about Antarctica and the expedition.
The Endurance, is a traveling exhibit about the 1914 Shackleton expedition. The exhibit, currently at the Field Museum in Chicago, is scheduled to appear at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle), the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and the Maryland Science Center (Baltimore) over the next two years. A variety of events probably is planned around the exhibit at each stop; if you wish to be involved, contact the individual museum.
Social Sciences Web Page. A web page illustrates four projects supported by the Arctic Social Sciences Program. Narratives written by scientists are translated into illustrated computer documents. The page is on the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center.
The Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) projects are built on collaboration among K-12, higher education, informal science, and business sectors, as well as meaningful partnerships of scientific and technical practitioners, science-mathematics-technology educators, and education administrators. Many of these programs are on-going with museum and science center partners.
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