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Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Interactivity 2016

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Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Connecticut

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Marketplace - Exhibit Hall

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

  • Friday, May 6th, 7:30am - 4:30pm

    Location: Booth #11

Flyer with upcoming NISE Network opportunities (PDF)


Concurrent Professional Development Sessions

The NISE Network activities and information about engaging the public in nanoscience, engineering, technology will be featured in the following sessions:

  • Museums and Community Partnerships: Leveraging Resources and Increasing Impact

    Thursday, May 5, 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.Collaboration session at ACM 2016 InteractivityWorkshop: This interactive session will share strategies and results from a national project, Museums and Community Partnerships, which created models, resources, and tangible opportunities to help museums and community organizations serve families and 

    children. Drawing on their experience in this effort as well as prior work, presenters will identify essential principles and guidelines for collaboration and share ready-to-use resources. Breakout discussions will allow attendees to explore ideas, work through issues, and identify concrete next steps for planning their own local partnerships to leverage resources and increase impact.

    Rae Ostman, Science Museum of Minnesota (moderator)
    Melissa Ballard, Afterschool Alliance
    Karen Peterson, National Girls Collaborative Project
    Keith Ostfeld, Children’s Museum of Houston
    Catherine McCarthy, Science Museum of Minnesota 

Presentation (PDF) for download (10MB) 
​Presentation (PPTX) for download (5MB)




  • Tools for Collaboration: Increasing Your Museum’s Local Impact Through Partnerships [Collective Impact]
    Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m

    Panel: Come learn ways to increase organizational impact and relevance by partnering with local youth-serving organizations such as after-school programs, PTAs, Scouts, 4-H, girl-serving organizations, and more. Panelists will explore broad alliance strategies, as well as specific advice on how to generate successful collaborations. Attendees will receive a set of handouts to bring home and share with their colleagues including a collaboration guide, videos, and tip sheets for successful museum partnerships with different youth-serving organizations.

    Catherine McCarthy, PhD, Science Museum of Minnesota
    Brad Herring, Museum of Life + Science
    Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
    Rae Ostman, PhD, Science Museum of Minnesota

    Presentation (PDF) for download (2.2MB) 
    Presentation (PPTX) for download (25MB) Part 1
    Presentation (PPTX) for download (20MB)  Part 2