Dimensions, September/October 2002—Building Technology Literacy

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September/October 2002

Have science-technology centers been emphasizing one half of their mandate at the expense of the other? The 2002 publication of Technology Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology, a report from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council, is challenging museums to measure their current exhibits and programs against a strong model of technology literacy. In this issue, we look at where we are now and where we might be headed.

Technology Literacy: What Informal Education Has to Offer, by Alan J. Friedman
• A Blueprint for Change
• Technology and Its Makers: A New Perspective for Science Museums, by Cary Sneider, Larry Bell, David Rabkin David Ellis
• A World in Motion: Partnering with a Professional Association, by Cindy Borchert
• A House Filled with Technology: Putting the Everyday World in Context, by Lena Embertsen
• Tech City: Addressing Diversity and Process in an Engineering Exhibition, by Charles H. Trautmann, Anthony R. Ingraffea and Kathleen R. Krafft
• Design Challenge: Learning Through Problem Solving, by Susan Wageman and Craig Baker
• Celebrating Ingenuity: ASTC’s Technology Museums
• Playing Around with Exhibition Development, by Gretchen Jennings

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