Monthly Archives: February 2020

Inside and Out, From Exhibits to Gardens: Hands-On Activities for Growing Great Veggies & Fruits

Led by GrowingGreat, STEM educators who work with PreK–5th grade students are addressing under-resourced families’ lack of access to fresh produce and green space by reinventing education programs. More and more, science center educators are taking kids outdoors with programs that allow them to experience living, growing plants and animals while engaging in scientific inquiry.... Read More

New CCLI cohort wraps up kickoff meeting

Last week, the seventh cohort of CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute) met in Washington, DC, to kick off their efforts toward advancing cultural competency at their institutions. The six museums selected for the competitive program are: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Michigan International Museum of Art... Read More


Make your own exhibit of stunning, high resolution, professional-quality microscopy images using downloads from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) image gallery. The beautiful images are not only rich with educational value, but also free for noncommercial use. A select collection of these images—all taken by researchers—hung in an exhibit, Life Magnified,  at Washington Dulles International Airport’s... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2020—Breaking Down Silos

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2020 In this issue, we explore the benefits of breaking down silos. When teams, isolated units, or organizations operate out of step or even at cross-purposes with one another, action may be required. Breaking down silos can increase effectiveness, efficiency, communication, and camaraderie. It can allow for programs and events not... Read More

Portal to the Public honored by Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society

Portal to the Public has been honored with the inaugural Enduring Achievement Award from the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS). The initiative is a flexible strategic framework that helps science centers and other informal learning organizations create meaningful face-to-face interactions between working scientists and public audiences. Although each setting is unique, most... Read More

Breaking Down Barriers by Building Bridges

By Cristin Dorgelo We’re using this first issue of 2020 to examine how to step out of silos to foster collaboration toward positive forward progress. Silos exist within organizations, preserved through cultures, practices, and habits that disincentivize teamwork and transparency. Silos exist between organizations and across fields that limit our ability to learn about promising... Read More