Presenting Current Science and Research: A New Model for Exhibit Making

Thursday, April 1, 2004 to Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Project Descriptions
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Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Families | General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
General STEM | Geoscience and geography | Life science | Nature of science
Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) will carry out a museum-wide initiative to distribute exhibits and programs about new science and research among its core exhibits. The project goal is to redefine science for visitors as a dynamic human endeavor that is rich in discovery and relevant to their lives, as well as to position SMM as a resource for complex science and science issues. The project includes Current Science Central (500 sq ft) plus three Current Science Zones (250-300 sq ft) distributed among existing galleries (Mississippi River, Human Body, Experiment). Standardized formats (e.g., newscast scripts, quiz questions, multimedia kiosks, bulletin/graffiti boards) will provide frameworks that simplify the constant need for updating content and increase the ability to respond quickly. Target audiences are families, school groups, teachers, teens and lifelong learners from among the 850,000 annual visitors; involvement of the Youth Science Center will engage underserved audiences. Project collaborators are researchers (University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, Gentra Systems, 3M and JPL), as well as media (Physics Today, television and radio). The science museum field will benefit from the experience gained through this project.

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Team Members

Liza PryorLiza PryorPrincipal Investigator
Cari DwyerCari DwyerFormer Principal Investigator
Mark DahlagerMark DahlagerCo-Principal Investigator
Paul MartinCo-Principal Investigator

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