Life long learning begins with early childhood play and readily continues through middle academic levels. Though play and learning is universal, it may be further defined through a process of culture and educational awareness. A foundation for this process is hands-on learning, where a motivation towards science learning can be obtained through the creation and utilization of age, educational, and culturally appropriate activities.

We will give examples of our successes, as well as hands-on examples, of how one can take anything and create something out of it through a communication of science. We will also explore inexpensive, interactive and interchangeable links between art, science and learning. Small, portable science kits will be looked into; as to how they can be used as both a path to outreach, as well as a form of exhibit R&D for the institution. Additionally, linkage to community based educational principals will be proffered.

Workshop objectives: create activities in-house, handouts and supplies provided, followed by a question and answer session.

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Creative, inexpensive ideas for museums - interactive learning and outreach

Nell Heyen   Shannon Maloney-Scholler

Alan Edstrom  

Terry Hutter  

Life long learning begins with early childhood play and readily continues through middle academic levels. Though play and learning is universal, it may be further defined through a process of culture and educational awareness. A foundation for this process is hands-on learning, where a motivation towards science learning can be obtained through the creation and utilization of age, educational, and culturally appropriate activities.

We will give examples of our successes, as well as hands-on examples, of how one can take anything and create something out of it through a communication of science. We will also explore inexpensive, interactive and interchangeable links between art, science and learning. Small, portable science kits will be looked into; as to how they can be used as both a path to outreach, as well as a form of exhibit R&D for the institution. Additionally, linkage to community based educational principals will be proffered.

Workshop objectives: create activities in-house, handouts and supplies provided, followed by a question and answer session.

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