Portal to the Public: Expanding the National Network

Saturday, September 15, 2012 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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Project Descriptions | Projects
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Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops, Resource Centers and Networks
Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Pacific Science Center, Lifelong Learning Group, Oregon State University, University of Maryland

Portal to the Public: Expanding the National Network (PoP: ENN) is implementing around the county the successful NSF-funded Portal to the Public model in which researchers are trained to communicate and interact with the general public at informal science education (ISE) institutions about the research that they are conducting. The project, which follows on a thorough evaluation of the model at eight sites and current implementation at an additional fifteen sites, will incorporate twenty new ISE sites into the growing network, provide training and mentorship to ISE professionals on the use and adaptation of the PoP implementation manual and toolkits, and develop an enhanced network website that will serve as a communication and innovation hub. The work is responsive to the needs and activities of ISE organizations which continue to expand their missions beyond presenting to the public established science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and are working to become places where visitors can also experience the process and promise of current research via face-to-face interactions with researchers. The project is expanding both the kind and number of institutions involved around the country and is facilitating their capacity to develop a knowledge base, share experiences and best practices.

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Team Members

Eve KleinEve KleinPrincipal Investigator
Meena SelvakumarFormer Principal Investigator
Dana VukajlovichDana VukajlovichContributor
Jennifer PritchardContributor
Dennis SchatzContributor
Jessica SicklerEvaluator
Anna JohnsonAnna JohnsonProject Manager

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