ExFiles: An Online Science Exhibit Community

Sunday, January 1, 2006 to Monday, December 31, 2012
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Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Resource Centers and Networks
Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Education and learning science | General STEM
Association of Science-Technology Centers

Following their experience with the 2003 NSF-funded conference, "Best Practices in Science Exhibition Development," the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is creating for informal science education practitioners a dynamic online system, "ExFiles," for contributing to, using and conducting communications about a database on exhibitions. At least 1,000 practitioners are expected to use the site over the course of the three-year project, which will be sustained by ASTC after the grant period. The website is being populated initially with a set of at least 40 exhibitions representing a variety of scientific domains, sizes and interpretive and design strategies. Promotion of the site is being assisted by several associations: National Association of Museum Exhibitions, Association of Children's Museums, American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, American Zoo and Aquarium Association and the European Network of Science Centres and Museums.

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Team Members

Wendy PollockFormer Principal Investigator
Wendy HancockWendy HancockPrincipal Investigator
Kathleen McLeanKathleen McLeanCo-Principal Investigator

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