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Association of Children's Museums InterActivity Conference 2022

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Association of Children's Museums (ACM)

InterActivity Conference 2022

Dates: May 16-18, 2022

Theme: Play The Long Game

Hosted by The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, Missouri

More information:

Association of Childrens Museums 2022 NISE Network booth people having conversation

Booth in the Marketplace - Exhibit Hall

The NISE Network will have a booth in the exhibit hall featuring the information and activities.

Monday May 16, 2022, 5-7pm, Opening Reception

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 7:30am-4pm

Association of Childrens Museums 2022 NISE Network booth people talking
Association of Childrens Museums 2022 NISE Network booth people having conversation









Earth balls - zoomed in box of Earth & Space foam stress balls
Association of Children's Museums 2022 booth in Saint Louis with people standing in front of booth logo



Sessions related to NISE Network projects:

    • Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 2pm-3:15pm
      How to Design Successful Hands-on Activities for At-home Learners

      Description: The last two years have given museums ample opportunities to refine materials for at-home learners. was funded by IMLS to gather a consortium of museums through the NISE Network to document and share this knowledge with educators through a newly established At-Home Activities Framework and curated collection. This group—led by the Children’s Creativity Museum, and including other prominent children’s museums—infused the framework with values from our community and updated hands-on activities to showcase them. This session will reflect on the framework, and ask attendees to find connections with their current at-home offerings and identify potential areas for improvement.


    • Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 10:30am-11:45am
      Innovative DEAI Approaches in Community Engagement with STEM and Beyond Session
      Description: Being intentional and committed to Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion (DEAI) is critical to supporting relevant and inclusive programming, building trust and deepening relationships, and creating sustainable change in our local communities. This interactive session will share a suite of tools, resources and innovative approaches to incorporating DEAI practices and strategies into Informal STEM Projects. Presenters will share best practices and strategies, describe model programs, and share ready-to-use tools and resources for incorporating DEAI into all aspects of museum work. Breakout discussions will allow participants to explore ideas and work through issues around incorporating DEAI practices into their own programming.
      • Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 12:45pm-2pm
        Little Cli-Mates: Small Changes for a Big Difference
        Description: Communicating climate change to any audience is hard, but how do we communicate it to children ages three to eight from diverse communities? This session will provide a framework for communicating climate change, including "rules of thumb" you can take back to your staff to help spark meaningful conversations with young visitors. Learn how museums have tackled this issue, then breakout to have a brainstorming session with the presenting institutions. Bring your climate content idea and let's adapt it with our framework!


      • Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2:15pm-3:30pm
        The Village It Takes: Utilizing Community Expertise to Better Engage Audiences

        We all know the saying, “it takes a village,” but do we truly utilize the expertise in our communities to bring our audiences the content they need and want, and that reflects who they are? In this session, presenters will share a variety of successful collaboration models that make community expertise accessible to children’s museum audiences. They will provide strategies and resources that can be applied to any topic. Next, attendees will break out into small brainstorming groups led by session speakers, where they will have the opportunity to consider the valuable expertise in their own communities and apply shared effective practices to make actionable collaboration plans.
        • Catherine McCarthy, Project Manager Senior - NISE Network, Arizona State University, Tempe, Z
        • Ali Jackson, Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
        • Barbara Knoss, Director: Education & VolunteersCape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster, MA
        • Erin Wiese-ReichertEarly Childhood Educator, Children's Discovery Museum, Normal, IL
        • Tara Henderson, Director of Education and Visitor Services, Explora, Albuquerque, NM
        • Slides available for download - without presenter notes (PDF) 



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