Given the rapidly evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global community, including the Mayor of St. Louis prohibiting any gatherings of more than fifty people, ACM announces the cancellation of InterActivity 2020, May 5-8, in St. Louis. For more information, please visit the ACM website.
May 5-8, 2020
Hosted by The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum (MO)
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
Steph Long, Science Museum of Minnesota
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