Changing Practices: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Science Museums

By Christine Reich From Dimensions November/December 2012 Science museums hold great promise for engaging learners of a broad range of abilities and disabilities in informal science learning. As institutions known for their interactive and self-directed activities, science museums already exhibit many of the principles of universal design for learning that foster equitable learning environments for... Read More

In your opinion, what should every museum be able to provide for the “ideal” museum experience?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the November/December 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. My ideal museum experience is memorable. It requires only one cool exhibit experience where I spend significant time, engaged in a way that taps into previous interests and expands my thinking. It makes... Read More

Q&A with Laddie and Jim Elwell

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. Laddie and Jim Elwell grew up in the Eastern United States with ready access to museums. When they noticed a lack of such resources near Bemidji, the small Minnesota town they now call home, the couple took action. This year Laddie and Jim... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2012—Sparking Innovations, Showcasing Innovators

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2012 Rapid innovations are continually impacting society and our daily lives. Science centers have an important role to play as a link between innovators and the public, a guide that helps communities navigate a constantly changing world, and a safe place for visitors to unleash their own creativity and imagination. In... Read More

Nurturing the Innovator's Mindset

By Tim Ritchie From Dimensions September/October 2012 Everyone agrees that it will require an enormous commitment to innovation for humankind to survive (and thrive!) on our fragile planet. But to what must our communities, and our nations, commit in order to foster world-changing innovation? What roles can science centers play in nurturing innovators and encouraging... Read More

Should exhibitions be the central focus of what science centers and museums do?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the September/October 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. The central focus for science centers is serving the communities in their region. Many of the science festivals popping up in the United States are led by museums, reflecting the responsibility that science... Read More