The Noyce Foundation has announced the winners of its Bright Lights Community Engagement Awards competition, which recognizes U.S. science centers, children’s museums, and natural history museums that have excelled in engaging their local communities, with a particular interest in science, technology, engineering, or math outreach. 94 applications were received from institutions across the country and, after three rounds of judging by an expert panel, seven winners were selected. All winners demonstrated their ability to reach sections of their communities that have needs not generally addressed by science centers, and to engage their communities in new and innovative ways. The winners are:
- Explora in Albuquerque, NM
- Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, WA
- Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA
- Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, FL
- Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul
- The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA
- The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA
Honorable mentions were given to the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH and the University of Montana SpectrUM Discovery Center in Missoula for new and very promising programs.
All award recipients are committed to sharing their insights and experiences with other interested organizations. Videos of each will be available in a few months, and their work will be highlighted at professional meetings and other venues.
Congratulations to all award recipients!