Staff training materials for Nano & Society workshop. The workshop focused on preparing museum educators to engage the public in conversations about the relationship between nanotechnology and society. Workshop participants learned new hands-on activities, full-length programs, and ideas for facilitating visitor experiences in the Nano mini-exhibition. The workshop provided specific training and skill-building in nano and society content, conversation facilitation, and improving and learning from professional practice (Team Based Inquiry).
This is a recording of a NISE Network online brown-bag conversation held in 2014. This online brown-bag conversation is designed to empower museum educators to engage visitors in meaningful conversations about the relevance of emerging technologies to our lives. Participants will learn key concepts about the relationships between science, technology, and society, and receive specific training for having conversations using activities in the NanoDays 2014 kit.
This video playfully highlights best practices in engaging in a meaningful conversation between a museum facilitator and a visitor, while pointing out some common pitfalls.
The associated training worksheet provides a structure to discuss the video and deepen conversation.
"Exploring Nano & Society - You Decide!" is a hands-on activity in which visitors sort and prioritize cards with new nanotechnologies according to their own values and the values of others. Visitors explore how technologies and society influence each other and how people’s values shape how nanotechnologies are developed and adopted.
"Exploring Nano & Society - Flying Cars" is a hands-on activity in which visitors imagine and build a flying car out of small foam pieces. Conversations around this process lead visitors to explore how technologies and society influence each other and how nanotechnologies are part of a bigger system.