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Dimensions, March/April 2018—Not Just for Kids: Engaging Adults in Science


March/April 2018

Attracting adults to science museums and programs presents opportunities and challenges. Considerations include differences in: backgrounds, professions, experience with science, financial situations, availability, and comfort with museum settings—just to name a few. While many science institutions are engaging adults in meaningful ways, some are going the extra mile in providing accessible, relevant science and technology programming. Following are some of the many noteworthy examples.

  • The Subjectivity Paradox: A Cultural Look at Adult Public Engagement with Science, by Peter Linett
  • Leveraging Community Partners for Adults-only Events, by Adrienne Barnett, Todd Moore,
    and Kate Moon
  • Astronomy on Tap: Drinking with the Stars, by Brian W. Levine and Emily L. Rice
  • Night Museum, by Valeria Vera Galleguillos, Jose Antonio Quintana Gacitúa, and Javiera Sepúlveda Olea
  • Seniors Science College: A Case Study, by Hyo-jung Ahn
  • Reminiscences with the Elderly, by Tony Coonan
  • Why Should Kids Have All the Fun? by Jonah Cohen
  • Connect, Participate, and Surprise, by Jen Wong
  • From the CEO—The Path Forward, by Cristin Dorgelo
  • Q&A with Dr. Caitlin O’Connell Rodwell, behavioral ecologist at Stanford University and CEO of Utopia Scientific

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