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Collaboration between the Exploratorium Museum (San Francisco) and the University of Chicago MRSEC in Educational Outreach Programs

  • Eileen Sheu (a1), Heinrich Jaeger (a2), Sidney Nagel (a3), Barry Kluger-Bell (a4), Shawn Lani (a5) and Charles Sowers (a6)...

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Science centers and museums have long been at the forefront of communicating the wonder of science to the general public and the K-12 school community. Interactions between the Exploratorium Museum (San Francisco, CA) and the University of Chicago MRSEC are described in this paper. The Exploratorium-organized NEO program—part of the NSF-sponsored NISE network—has greatly influenced the Univ. of Chicago's approach to its materials science course for teachers and helped them incorporate inquiry more deliberately into their after-school science clubs. Also, Exhibit Developers at the Exploratorium collaborate with scientists at the Univ. of Chicago to design exhibits that explain contemporary cutting-edge research in materials. These exhibits emphasize the wonder and beauty of common phenomena that one rarely stops to notice but which leads to deep scientific inquiry.

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1.http://www.exploratorium.edu/about/air.html
2.www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/
3.National Research Council (Corporate Author), Gollub, Jerry P., Bertenthal, Meryl W., Labov, Jay B., & Curtis, Philip C. (Editors), (2003) Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools National Academy of sciences
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5. Miller, , Beth, M (2003) “Critical Hours: Afterschool Programs and Educational Success,” Nellie Mae Foundation: Quincy, MA.
6.http://www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/activities/
7.http://www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/workshops/fundamentals/index.html

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Collaboration between the Exploratorium Museum (San Francisco) and the University of Chicago MRSEC in Educational Outreach Programs

  • Eileen Sheu (a1), Heinrich Jaeger (a2), Sidney Nagel (a3), Barry Kluger-Bell (a4), Shawn Lani (a5) and Charles Sowers (a6)...

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