The NISE Network will have a booth in the exhibit hall featuring the information and activities.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m
Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m
Location: booth #31
Concurrent Professional Development Sessions
The NISE Network activities and information about engaging the public will be included in the following sessions:
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m. STEM Gaming in Museums – Making the Right Moves
Are you interested in adding fun gaming experiences to your museum that help visitors explore STEM topics, but not sure where to start? Learn about successful STEM gaming examples from a full range of museums and materials, and hear what works. Card games, board games, full-body games, social games, and digital games all can be great tools to learn about STEM topics, dive into the design process, and reinforce critical thinking skills. Final round: using the tips of game designers in the room, you and your fellow attendees will be challenged to create a new game on a current STEM topic.
Darrell Porcello, The Lawrence Hall of Science
Max Cawley, Museum of Life + Science
Tomas Durkin, NISE Network
Paul Freiling, Saint Louis Science Center
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m. (Part 1) Best Program Ever! Tools and Techniques to Create Great Programs, Part 1
This high-energy, hands-on double session provides an overview of effective practices in educational program development, delivery, and evaluation. Participants will work in small groups to share their experience and improve their skills. The sessions, appropriate for educators at different stages of their careers, will encourage collaboration among participants. Participants will also receive ready-to-use resources (both printed and online) to take home, including tools and guides for program development, peer review, presentation skills, universal design, and iterative formative evaluation. Part 2 is scheduled from 3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Ali Jackson, Sciencenter (moderator)
Rae Ostman, PhD, Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning, Arizona State University
Stephanie Long, Science Museum of Minnesota
Nora Thompson, Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Brad Herring, Museum of Life + Science
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (Part 2) Best Program Ever! Tools and Techniques to Create Great Programs, Part 2
Part two of a double session that provides an overview of effective practices in educational program development, delivery, and evaluation. Attending Part 1 is highly recommended, but all attendees are welcome.
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Bringing Science Experts into Your Museum – Why, How, and Wow!
In this lively session, we’ll focus on why and how to bring science experts into your museum to inspire young children and families to become passionate about STEM and the world around them! We’ll give you strategies and tools for making the experience successful for you, the experts, young children, and their families. Presenters will share their experiences and preparation tools for amateur astronomers, volunteers, college student chapters, chemists, astronauts, and more!
Catherine McCarthy, PhD, Science Museum of Minnesota (moderator)
Michelle Kortenaar, Sciencenter
Christina Leavell, Science Museum of Minnesota
Becky Wolfe, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis