This research is a case study based on a program entitled “Exploring the Nature” to analyze trends  of science communicating programs in National Science Museum of Korea. This activity has been prepared for elementary and middle school students, accompanied by parents from 1994 to  enhance interesting and understing about nature.From 1991 to 2005, this program was operated on 138 times and 11,040 students were educated. The fifteen-yea r period was divided into the stages I (1991~1993), II (1994~1997) and III  (1998~2005) based on relative activities such as operating times and educated students. The number of students educated annually in the stages I, II, and III averages 0,370, and 1,194, respectively, which shows a marked increase in quantity during the period. The program was provided only in summer and winter vacations in early stage. But from 1999, the program has been also run in 1st and 2nd academic terms, and operated throughout the year from 2002. The contents  of the program were composed of birds ,insects and fishes in the beginning but gradually extended  to the plants,seas,fossils , and cave. This implies that the role of the Science Museum is extended  to support school education by giving youth such an experience , which is useful in training and promoting their ability of scientific thinking and mind.

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Activity trends of communicating with nature innational science museum of Korea
A Korean case study

Dong Hee Kim   National Science Museum

Seung Lak An   National Science Museum

Jeong Gu Lee   National Science Museum Planning Office

This research is a case study based on a program entitled “Exploring the Nature” to analyze trends  of science communicating programs in National Science Museum of Korea. This activity has been prepared for elementary and middle school students, accompanied by parents from 1994 to  enhance interesting and understing about nature.From 1991 to 2005, this program was operated on 138 times and 11,040 students were educated. The fifteen-yea r period was divided into the stages I (1991~1993), II (1994~1997) and III  (1998~2005) based on relative activities such as operating times and educated students. The number of students educated annually in the stages I, II, and III averages 0,370, and 1,194, respectively, which shows a marked increase in quantity during the period. The program was provided only in summer and winter vacations in early stage. But from 1999, the program has been also run in 1st and 2nd academic terms, and operated throughout the year from 2002. The contents  of the program were composed of birds ,insects and fishes in the beginning but gradually extended  to the plants,seas,fossils , and cave. This implies that the role of the Science Museum is extended  to support school education by giving youth such an experience , which is useful in training and promoting their ability of scientific thinking and mind.

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