Pacific Science Center
Application deadline: 2/12/2018
With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in partnership with Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Pacific Science Center is holding a winter workshop series on public engagement with the history of science and technology. The workshop series will give participants the opportunity to:
Learn and practice skills for communicating history to diverse audiences through face-to-face, conversation-based interactions.
Learn how to develop a hands-on educational activity or table-top exhibit to communicate history in a fun and interactive way.
Reach a wider public for their work and promote apprecia-tion of history in our community.
The culminating events for the workshop series are two Meet a Historian events, which will take place at Pacific Science Center in parallel to our Meet a Scientist event. During Meet a Historian, workshop participants will present their hands-on educational activity or table-top exhibit to a public audience.
Historian participants will attend two in-person workshops to learn, practice communication skills, and develop a hands-on activity or table-top exhibit. Workshops are provided at no charge to participants. Each historian will receive a $50 stipend for supplies. After basic requirements are met, other public program opportunities can be developed based on participants’ interests and may include the Willard Smith Planetarium, NOAA’s Science On a Sphere, Science in the City, and more.
Workshop and Culminating Event dates:
• Saturday, March 17, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Workshop 1)
• Optional individual phone/Skype meeting (between Workshops)
• Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. –12:30p.m. (Workshop 2)
• Saturday, April 28, 1–4 p.m. (Event 1: Meet a Historian)
• Participate in a second event before May 26 (Event 2: Meet a Historian)
Pacific Science Center has a long history of working with practicing scientists and we are excited to invite historians into our community. The processes of science and history share some characteristics. Both disciplines are open to alternative hypotheses and explanations, and rely on evidence to support an idea, theory or a model. Both historians and scientists are trained to develop the capacity to think critically and to solve complex problems. One discipline may spark an interest in the other; one may help a person understand the other more deeply.
The mission of Pacific Science Center is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Our award-winning, inter- active programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year—in their communities, classrooms, and on our campus. While we often use scientific content as the platform for our mission, we recognize that multiple disciplines support this goal. For many members of the public, a cross-disciplinary approach not only enhances their experience but provides a more holistic and realistic view of the world.
Who Should Apply?
We welcome historians from multiple areas of specialization. Although prior work related to science/technology is not
a prerequisite, an interest in science and openness to discussion is necessary. Historians will be asked to design a hands-on activity or table-top exhibit that explores the history of a science and technology-related topic. Pacific Science Center staff can provide guidance in selecting an appropriate topic. All participants will be asked to present their hands-on activity or table-top exhibit twice at Meet a Historian.
What are the benefits?
• Improve and practice skills in communicating about your work in an engaging and participatory workshop setting.
• Reach new audiences and promote appreciation of history in our community
• $50 supplies stipend.
• Opportunities for additional press, including invitations to be featured in the Pacific Science Center member newsletter or podcast.
• Exhibits and IMAX® passes for future use.
What are the requirements?
• You must have experience doing historical research and/or identify as a professional working in the humanities.
• Attend both workshops and culminating events.
• Develop a hands-on activity or table-top exhibit related to history of science and technology with support from our Pacific Science Center staff.
• Use your activity in at least two Meet a Historian events.
This project is funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This funding covers workshop costs for participants.
For more information, contact Carolina Chambers at email@example.com