As an important science communication pattern, what is the role of science museum is a question worth considering. This paper, taking the development of Chinese Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) as case studies, researches the role of science museum from the science communication aspect.

Firstly, science museum is a science teller. It tells the public what is science and technology. From exhibitsto experiences, the initial purpose of CSTM is to let public know the specific science knowledge. However, science communication is to explain the scientific meaning and the beauty of science, rather than to emphasize the important position of science. Therefore, the purpose of science communication is to help the public and the scientific community for science& technology-related matters between the make correct judgments and decisions. As a result, science museum should be as a tutor of science literary. This is the second role of science museum. It should be noted that science literary not only contains specific knowledge, but should be elevated to a level of critical spirit and scientific habits of thinking levels. Thirdly, science museum should be a science discussant. As science and technology is a double-edged sword, science museum should not only provide public the useful side of science, while abandoning the discussion of the hazards of science. How to provide such platform among public, scientists and scientific community, should be an important discussion point for science museums’ further development. At last, science museum should be as a science leader. In the modern time, both developed and developing countries, promoted scientific human resources as a strategic resource to enhance core elements of national competitiveness, vigorously strengthen scientific and technological human resources capacity building. Endless train a large number of high-quality vibrant and innovative talents, directly related to the country’s future. As an enduring vitality, fixed place of science communication, science museum has inherent advantages of scientific human resources training. In the further development, science museum should paid more attention to select scientific talents, stimulate young people’s intrinsic interest in science, cultivate the courage and firm determination in the continued science practices.

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What is science museum?
- Case studies on Chinese science and technology museum

Cao Peng   Chinese Science and Technology Museum

As an important science communication pattern, what is the role of science museum is a question worth considering. This paper, taking the development of Chinese Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) as case studies, researches the role of science museum from the science communication aspect.

Firstly, science museum is a science teller. It tells the public what is science and technology. From exhibitsto experiences, the initial purpose of CSTM is to let public know the specific science knowledge. However, science communication is to explain the scientific meaning and the beauty of science, rather than to emphasize the important position of science. Therefore, the purpose of science communication is to help the public and the scientific community for science& technology-related matters between the make correct judgments and decisions. As a result, science museum should be as a tutor of science literary. This is the second role of science museum. It should be noted that science literary not only contains specific knowledge, but should be elevated to a level of critical spirit and scientific habits of thinking levels. Thirdly, science museum should be a science discussant. As science and technology is a double-edged sword, science museum should not only provide public the useful side of science, while abandoning the discussion of the hazards of science. How to provide such platform among public, scientists and scientific community, should be an important discussion point for science museums’ further development. At last, science museum should be as a science leader. In the modern time, both developed and developing countries, promoted scientific human resources as a strategic resource to enhance core elements of national competitiveness, vigorously strengthen scientific and technological human resources capacity building. Endless train a large number of high-quality vibrant and innovative talents, directly related to the country’s future. As an enduring vitality, fixed place of science communication, science museum has inherent advantages of scientific human resources training. In the further development, science museum should paid more attention to select scientific talents, stimulate young people’s intrinsic interest in science, cultivate the courage and firm determination in the continued science practices.

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