The importance of Outdoor Science Parks that highlight Science and Technology through hands-on interactive exhibits has recently grown, as more Science Centers throughout the world are implementing them. The motivation for developing Outdoor Science Parks is presented. The significance of being outdoors and the choice of themes and exhibit ideas suited for the outdoors are discussed. Exhibits that use natural elements in their operation and foster innovation and inventiveness among the younger generation are highlighted. Since Outdoor Science Parks do not require buildings, their implementation may be speedy and economical. Several Outdoor Science Parks that the Author designed and built are highlighted; the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Clore Garden of Science; the Israel National Science Museum’s Noble Energy Science Park in Israel; and SciTech Hands On Museum’s Outdoor Science Park in the USA.  

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Outdoor science parks

Ronen Mir   Science Learning Centers, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

The importance of Outdoor Science Parks that highlight Science and Technology through hands-on interactive exhibits has recently grown, as more Science Centers throughout the world are implementing them. The motivation for developing Outdoor Science Parks is presented. The significance of being outdoors and the choice of themes and exhibit ideas suited for the outdoors are discussed. Exhibits that use natural elements in their operation and foster innovation and inventiveness among the younger generation are highlighted. Since Outdoor Science Parks do not require buildings, their implementation may be speedy and economical. Several Outdoor Science Parks that the Author designed and built are highlighted; the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Clore Garden of Science; the Israel National Science Museum’s Noble Energy Science Park in Israel; and SciTech Hands On Museum’s Outdoor Science Park in the USA.  

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