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Exhibit Case Studies

These case studies complement the article Inside the Process: Three Exhibit Development Case Studies, which appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine. Innovation Labs in Indian Science Centers To promote national competitiveness in the 21st century, the president of India declared the present decade (2010–20) as the “decade of innovation.” Taking the agenda... Read More

Exhibit Tips from Around the World

This is an extended version of an article that appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine. On building interactive exhibits to last I am convinced that small and seemingly insignificant parts can make the difference between an exhibit that will last for years with almost no maintenance and one that will need constant... Read More

How much is too much technology in a science center or museum, or is the sky the limit? Does it engage or distract?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the January/February 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine. Good examples of technology gone bad can often be traced to poor design. Does the design of an interactive cause visitors to isolate from others, or does it support social engagement? Does the... Read More

Q&A with the 2013 McGrath Fellows

Interviewed by Emily Schuster This interview appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine. Last October, a museum director from Brazil, a museum educator from Uruguay, a science teacher from Zimbabwe, and a deputy general director of a brand new science park in Israel joined nearly 1,700 attendees from 43 countries at the 2013... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2013—Enlightening Our Practice: Advancing the Field Through Research

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2013 While Dimensions has published new studies and research-based articles in the past, this is the first time an issue has focused entirely on research related to the science center and museum field. Research is critical to science center and museum professionals—it expands our perspectives and understanding, grounds our work in... Read More