In a diverse society, science centers must be both culturally engaging, as well as supportive of scientific principle, to achieve a relevant role in their community. This awareness acknowledges community-based self self-definition and interpretation, yet, maintains a mission of still being a "place for everyone." Creative insight, as well as a multi-platform mode of displaying exhibits, programs, and presenting relevant science to the public is vital to the challenge of diversity. This approach lends to inclusiveness, credibility and approval within the community, but still maintains cogent public communication and marketability.

Life long learning begins with play - a process that is defined through culture, and educational awareness. A fundamental of this process is hands-on learning. Both the science museum and the children's museum can be effective venues for promoting sound science, educational methodology, all with a cross-cultural understanding.

Don't lose sight of the prize. An evolving trend in "museums" is to become more open and accessible to the larger community. However, the trick in accessibility is to keep a focus on inclusiveness and the basics of science, and not a free-fall into commercial marketability. Sustaining serviceability in one's region is a challenge that can be managed through a mix of innovative programs, exhibits, educational outreach and interactive live theater. I will share successful approaches, TESL examples, art and science linkage and display examples of engaging live theater presentations.

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The Multi-Platform approach - the vision, the science, the outreach and the presentation

Terry Hutter   Exploration Place

In a diverse society, science centers must be both culturally engaging, as well as supportive of scientific principle, to achieve a relevant role in their community. This awareness acknowledges community-based self self-definition and interpretation, yet, maintains a mission of still being a "place for everyone." Creative insight, as well as a multi-platform mode of displaying exhibits, programs, and presenting relevant science to the public is vital to the challenge of diversity. This approach lends to inclusiveness, credibility and approval within the community, but still maintains cogent public communication and marketability.

Life long learning begins with play - a process that is defined through culture, and educational awareness. A fundamental of this process is hands-on learning. Both the science museum and the children's museum can be effective venues for promoting sound science, educational methodology, all with a cross-cultural understanding.

Don't lose sight of the prize. An evolving trend in "museums" is to become more open and accessible to the larger community. However, the trick in accessibility is to keep a focus on inclusiveness and the basics of science, and not a free-fall into commercial marketability. Sustaining serviceability in one's region is a challenge that can be managed through a mix of innovative programs, exhibits, educational outreach and interactive live theater. I will share successful approaches, TESL examples, art and science linkage and display examples of engaging live theater presentations.

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