Handbook for Small Science Centers

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Cynthia C. Yao
Rowman Altamira, Jan 1, 2006 - Reference - 310 pages
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There has been, and continues to be, an explosion of interest in developing new small science centers that is changing the world of museums. This handbook is designed to be a one-stop source for future and current centers, and anyone interested in the important roles these institutions play in their communities. With articles all written by leaders in field covering everything from administration, staffing, finance, marketing, exhibit design, and beyond, this comprehensive resource will be essential reading for institutions that are operating successfully, struggling to survive, and those planning major expansions.
  

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Contents

The Ann Arbor HandsOn Museum From Dream to Reality
3
CASE STUDIES OF OTHER SMALL SCIENCE CENTERS AND STARTUPS
19
Developing in Phases A Case History
21
Hockey Nickel Mines and the Pursuit of a Vision Getting It Done at Science North
27
One Small Centers Story Grass Roots Thrive on Flexibility
31
Focus and Balance for the Small Museum
35
Discovery Science Center StartUp Launch Pad in a Mall
39
Curious Kids Museum
44
WORKING IN A SCIENCE CENTER
173
Leading and Implementing Innovation in Your Science Museum
175
Hiring Supporting and Developing Museum Educators for Your Science Center
178
Explainers Youth Development at the Exploratorium
183
AUDIENCE
187
Understanding Your Audience
189
Girls Boys Moms and Dads Learning about Their Different Needs in Science Museums
193
Evaluation 101
197

Science Spectrum A Science Center for the South Plains of Texas
48
Science Center in a College An Unabashedly Autobiographical Account
52
Science Projects The Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux and Inspire Discovery Centre Norwich
56
Experimentarium A Fairy Tale from Hans Christian Andersen s Denmark
61
GETTING STARTED AND RUNNING A SCIENCE CENTER
67
Planning the Building
69
SciPort Discovery Center How We Operate and Position Our Science Center for Ongoing Success
74
Over the Top Building Resources to Open and Grow
81
Marketing Basics Applications for Small Science Centers
86
The Science Shop at the Science Spectrum
92
EXHIBITS
95
Decision Making on Purpose Translating Organizational Identity into Effective Experiences
97
Making Effective Exhibits for Rewarding Visitor Experiences
103
Learning from My Mistakes
110
The Use of Objects in a Small Science Center
114
CREATING SPECIAL EXHIBITS SPACES
119
Discovery Spaces Small Museums within a Large Museum
121
Creating Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Spaces in Science Centers
125
Outdoor Science Parks Going Beyond the Walls
132
Traveling Exhibitions Rationales and Strategies for the Small Museum
135
EDUCATION PROGRAMS
143
Developing an Educational Plan
145
Building Capacity to Work with Schools
151
The Why and How of Doing Outreach Programming Fulfilling My Fantasy
156
Fifty Years of Museum School
162
Promoting Public Understanding of Research through Family Science Programs at MIT
167
GOVERNANCE
203
Working Model A Mechanism for the Effective Board
205
Code of Ethics for Museums
209
TRANSITIONS
213
Building a Sustainable Future
215
Renovation as Innovation SciWorks the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County
219
Collaborations From Sharing a Museum Site to Winning NSF Grants
222
Exploration Place Science Center and Childrens Museum Combined
227
From Little Acorns
231
The Tech The Challenges of Growing from Small to Large
234
How to Foster Innovation within Your ScienceTechnology Center Observations from Under the Seat Cushion
239
OVERVIEW OF SCIENCE CENTERS
245
Science Center History ASSOCIATION OF SCIENCETECHNOLOGY CENTERS ASTC
247
Fanning the Flames The Exploratorium at the Birth of the Science Center Movement
252
SESAME Program The Impact of a PhD Program on Science Museums
256
Science and Discovery Centers The European Perspective
260
SCIENCE CENTERS AND THE FUTURE
267
Developing a New Business Model For Science Centers
269
Reality Variety and Ingenuity Futures for Science Centers
277
Resources for Exhibit Fabrication
284
ASTC and Related Organizations
290
Directory of Science Centers Institutions and Individuals Represented
293
Index
296
About the Authors
300
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Cynthia C. Yao is the founder of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and was responsible for its establishment, vision, leadership, management and success as Executive Director from August 1978 to April 2000. She has a graduate degree in Museum Practice (MMP) from the University of Michigan. In October 2005, Cynthia was inducted in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and received the life achievement award of the Michigan Women’s Studies Association for the founding and success of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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