When an exhibit moves, things time and space are different. Ponto UFMG Itinerant Museum is an interactive science and technology museum that, because it is built in a mobile unit, can visit schools and towns in the state of Minas Gerais (and in the whole country) which usually do not have access to this kind of activity. It aims to achieve some goals: making science more popular, reaching the audience in its own space and time. It is a tractor trailer adapted into six different rooms. In Brazil, the museum presents an innovative and risky proposal. It does not only transport artifacts and equipment to build external exhibitions, shows and workshops in a total of approximately 800 square meters, but it also offers activities that use technological apparatus in its six internal rooms. Travelling science is challenging, specific and unlimited: you have to be creative because of the reduced space, you need a sharp didactical approach because of the short time, you must go straight to the point because you can afford just a few exhibits. Another innovation is its pedagogical proposal. There are courses for its staff to establish personal interactions with the public, and workshops specially directed for teachers - in order to set a continuum between the formal and the informal learning of science. 

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PONTO UFMG – Challenges of an itinerant museum

Jessica Norberto Rocha   Universidade de São Paulo

Lara Mucci Poenaru   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Tânia Margarida Lima Costa   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

When an exhibit moves, things time and space are different. Ponto UFMG Itinerant Museum is an interactive science and technology museum that, because it is built in a mobile unit, can visit schools and towns in the state of Minas Gerais (and in the whole country) which usually do not have access to this kind of activity. It aims to achieve some goals: making science more popular, reaching the audience in its own space and time. It is a tractor trailer adapted into six different rooms. In Brazil, the museum presents an innovative and risky proposal. It does not only transport artifacts and equipment to build external exhibitions, shows and workshops in a total of approximately 800 square meters, but it also offers activities that use technological apparatus in its six internal rooms. Travelling science is challenging, specific and unlimited: you have to be creative because of the reduced space, you need a sharp didactical approach because of the short time, you must go straight to the point because you can afford just a few exhibits. Another innovation is its pedagogical proposal. There are courses for its staff to establish personal interactions with the public, and workshops specially directed for teachers - in order to set a continuum between the formal and the informal learning of science. 

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