Educators from seven museums in Arkansas recently gathered at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for a workshop focused on nano education. The attendees came from museums in the Arkansas Discovery Network, a regional network that has been involved with the NISE Network for a number of years.
The educators were joined by Keith Ostfeld and Aaron Guerrero from the Children's Museum of Houston and Enkeleda Dervishi and Glediana Rexha of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Nanotechnology Center. Enke and Gled talked about their work with nano and discussed ways the museums might partner with their local universities. Keith and Aaron then went through some of the new activities in the NanoDays kits, allowing the educators time to work with an activity from the kit and present it to the rest of the group. Finally, the group as a whole shared the different techniques they've used for covering nano in their museums, talked through some hurdles they've encountered, shared ideas on overcoming those hurdles, and left with renewed enthusiasm for nano programming.
You can find photos (and some videos!) from the workshop on the Museum of Discovery's Flickr page.
About the Arkansas Discovery Network
The Arkansas Discovery Network is a network of seven museums and educational centers in Arkansas focusing on making hands-on, interactive museum experiences more accessible to the state's 498,000 students and their families. Find out more about the Arkansas Discovery Network at http://www.arkansasdiscoverynetwork.org/.
Thanks to Network Director Diane LaFollette for letting us know about workshop!