This June, the Museum of Science, Boston will feature an exhibition showcasing the STEM concepts used by artists and computer scientists who work at Pixar. Each section of the exhibit will focus on a step of the filmmaking process and feature hands-on activities.
From Broadway World:
“Sesame Street Presents: The Body” is an interactive exhibition about the human body and is a result of the Sesame Workshop program Healthy Habits for Life. The exhibit features three different education zones related to the human body: Your Insides, Your Outsides, and Staying Healthy
The Science Museum of Minnesota’s new exhibit “Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience” includes a full scale mock-up of a International Space Station (ISS) research lab, video footage of astronauts living and working in space and the opportunity to learn to operate a robotic arm. The museum’s Omnitheater is hosting a film looking at NASA’s Space Shuttle program, the launch of the ISS and the future of space flight.
From Chicago Architecture Blog:
The Lincoln Park Zoo has received approval to build a new education center. The facility will feature mixed-use space with open work areas, a high-tech learning lab, a recording studio and sound booth, and a reception area. The space can be arranged and adapted for different projects and needs.
From The Chicago Tribune:
Local Chicago high school science students recently participated in the Field Museum’s Biodiversity Arcade, where students explore the museum collections, research sea life, and learn about the evolution of aquatic life and then use that knowledge to develop biodiversity video games using the free software program Scratch.
From Smithsonian Magazine:
Scientists from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory have teamed up with other researchers on a new open-source exhibit that demonstrates the many ways light-based science and technologies allow us to understand our world. The exhibit materials and images were crowd-sourced and expert curated. The exhibit will show around the world over the course of the year, combining the photography of scientists and researchers with that of regional artists.
From My Central Oregon:
On February 7, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will open an exhibit featuring 13 interactive mazes. Each of the mazes features a dynamic environment where guests will discover a surprise around every corner, and develop new methods of problem-solving through improvisation, trial and error, observation and testing, and logic and reasoning.
From Informal Science:
The Franklin Institute (TFI) recently completed a literature review of its museum/community partnership programs from 1993 through 2014 to identify successes and challenges of working together to achieve a common goal. TFI and an external evaluator reviewed over 40 research studies and evaluation reports for fourteen programs. The full report can be found on the Informal Science website.
From Air and Space Smithsonian:
On January 8, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum opened an exhibit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first spacewalk. The exhibit showcases art, photography, and artifacts, offering various perspectives at the spacewalking experience. The museum has also launched a detailed online exhibition.
From The San Francisco Examiner:
“Science of Sharing,” a permanent new area of 15 displays and games at the Exploratorium, encourages visitors to study their own behavior. The exhibit is devoted to experiences that shed light on the interplay between science, society and culture. The area was developed by a social psychologist and includes sections like the Trust Fountain, a two-person drinking fountain in which a stream of water for each participant is controlled by the other.