New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

Redefining the Role of Museums in Science Education

Bryan Wunar, Museum of Science and Industry (United States)

Nicole Kowrach, Museum of Science and Industry (United States)


Informal learning institutions such as museums and science centers play an important role in promoting science for all learners. Informal learning environments provide unique opportunities to spark student interest in science and to deepen student engagement. They can reinforce scientific concepts and practices [2], while developing an appreciation for and interest in the pursuit of science in school and in daily life. Recent reports emphasize the importance of learning science in informal environments and provide clear evidence that these experiences can promote science learning in ways that strengthen and enrich school science [4], [5]. Informal learning has also been shown to provide important and unique opportunities to engage students who come from communities historically underrepresented in science-related fields.

In order to prepare the next generation to actively contribute to a global society that is being shaped by science and technology, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, IL, USA established a vision which aims to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, engineering, technology and medicine. To meet the challenge of this vision, MSI has redefined the role informal learning institutions must play to improve the quality of science education in our communities and to build a scientifically literate citizenry. MSI has developed and launched a long-term strategy that provides a comprehensive suite of science education programs focused at their center on engaging underserved youth in science learning, but also their influencers – the communities, families and schools – who support them. 

The proposed conference session will outline the components of a comprehensive model for using the resources of informal learning institutions to strengthen science learning both in and out of the school setting. We will explore science education program strategies that target students, teachers, community organizations, and families at a community-wide level.  We will share practical and effective approaches that aim to raise interest and participation in science by students across grade levels; influence youth to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine; sustain a supportive community climate for science engagement; and facilitate high-quality science teaching and learning in schools.    

Back to the list


Reserved area

Media Partners:

Click BrownWalker Press logo for the International Academic and Industry Conference Event Calendar announcing scientific, academic and industry gatherings, online events, call for papers and journal articles
Pixel - Via Luigi Lanzi 12 - 50134 Firenze (FI) - VAT IT 05118710481
    Copyright © 2024 - All rights reserved

Privacy Policy