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Association of Children's Museums Interactivity Conference 2022


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ACM Interactivity Conference 2022 logo Play the Long Game  theme

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

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Sessions related to NISE Network projects:

  • 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.
    • Christina Leavell, Science Museum of Minnesota
    • Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
    • Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
    • Allison Brody, Explora


  • 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.
    • Brad Herring, Museum of Life and Science
    • Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
    • Tifferney White, Discovery Place
    • Peregrine Bratschi, Museum of Life and Science
    • Amanda Wrege, Children's Museum of Indianapolis


  • 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.
    • Darrell Porcello, Children's Creativity Museum
    • Lauren Butcher, Explora
    • Evan Cooper, Marbles Kid's Museum
    • Samantha Stephenson, Children's Science Center
    • Brindha Muniappan, Discovery Museum (Acton)


  • 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!
    • Frank Kusiak, Lawrence Hall of Science
    • Lauren Butcher, Explora
    • Amber McGammon, Virgin Island Children's Museum
    • Christopher White, Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
    • Rebekah Domayer, Iowa Children's Museum\




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