Encyclopedia of Science Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Richard Gunstone

Science Exhibits

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_327-2

Science exhibits are displays that explore scientific objects, knowledge, process, and debate in an approachable, understandable manner. They deliver multiple levels of information and accommodate different learning styles.

Great science exhibits excite the emotions and stimulate the intellect while driving home an interesting, inspiring message about an aspect of science. After all, science exhibits are part of the informal learning experience, where emotional response usually paves the way for learning and engagement.

Science exhibits assume an endless variety of forms and styles, from dinosaur skeletons to gesture-controlled computers to dioramas to historical artifacts to interactive mechanical devices. The diversity of science exhibits is a reflection of the wide variety of institutions that create and house them.

History

Museums, in their modern sense as public institutions focusing on collections, research, and education, have been with us for over 500 years. The earliest...

Keywords

Coal Mine Natural History Museum Science Center Science Museum Museum Visitor 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

References

  1. Barriault C, Pearson D (2010) Assessing exhibits for learning in science centers: a practical tool. Visit Stud 13:90–106CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Hipschman R, and Exploratorium staff (1987–1993) Exploratorium cookbook: a construction manual for Exploratorium exhibits, vols 1–3Google Scholar
  3. Hein G (1998) Learning in the museum. Routledge, LondonGoogle Scholar
  4. Humphrey T, Gutwill J, Exploratorium APE Team (2005) Fostering active prolonged engagement: the art of creating APE exhibits. Exploratorium, San FranciscoGoogle Scholar
  5. Kennedy J (1997) User friendly: hands-on exhibits that work. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Washington, DCGoogle Scholar
  6. Oppenheimer F (1976) Everyone is you... or me. Technology Review 78(7) http://www.exploratorium.edu/frank/everyone/everyone.pdf

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TELUS World of Science EdmontonEdmontonCanada