The NISE Network will be hosting a breakfast for staff from partner institutions (no need to RSVP).
Friday, May 8, 2020, 7:30am
Booth and Exhibit Hall
The NISE Network will have a booth in the exhibit hall featuring public engagement activities and resources including information about upcoming projects opportunities.
Wednesday May 6, 2020, 5pm - 7pm
Thursday May 7, 2020, 7:30am - 4pm
Concurrent Sessions, Posters, and Talks
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The Long Game in Playing Games
Board games, card games, and video games are more than just fun pastimes. They subtly teach math, strategy, teamwork, and social skills. But what else can they do? Find out how games can improve learning, drive empathy, create community and help to solve real-world problems. Panelists with backgrounds in gaming, game design, education, and exhibit design will discuss the true potential in creating games for children.
Vi Tran, WOW! Children’s Museum
Kathleen Mercury, Ladue School District
Gini Philipp, WOW! Children’s Museum
Jeannie Colton, Arizona State University
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Improving the Long Game: Improv & TheatricalTechniques to Strengthen Frontline Teams
“Play” is at the heart of all we do, yet how often do we think of play as part of floor staff training? In this train-the-trainer session we will explore successful theatrical techniques for training frontline staff. Attendees will have the opportunity to get on their feet with tried and true approaches to team building. Using improv, role playing, and other methods, attendees will walk away with simple exercises anyone— performer or not!—can use with their staff. Handouts and supporting materials for activities done during the session will be provided to assist attendees with integrating ideas shared.
Christina Leavell, Science Museum of Minnesota (moderator)
Brad Herring, Museum of Life + Science
Douglas Coler, Discovery Place Science
Carla Thacker, Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Sustainable Futures: Museums and Communities - Playing the Long Game
This hands-on session will empower children’s museums to join their communities in creating a sustainable future. Presenters will share knowledge, practices, and a variety of project examples from small and large museums. Participants can try out public programs focusing on sustainability concepts and join small group discussions with staff who have implemented innovative sustainability programs. The session will provide an introduction for those new to sustainability, as well as tools and approaches for museums looking to take their efforts to the next level. Attendees will receive access to ready-to-use programming and training resources to download.
Rae Ostman, PhD, Center for Innovation in Informal STEM
Learning, Arizona State University
Elizabeth Bagley, PhD, California Academy of Sciences