Case Study: Accessibile Innovations: A Tool Kit For Families

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
262 America's Center
Description
What are the resources you need to make your interactive spaces and exhibits accessible to families with all abilities? Spark!Lab, the hands-on space to explore innovation and the invention process at the National Museum of American History, wanted to answer that question and develop a tool kit to address visitor needs before, during, and after their visit. Learn from our successes and failures while generating ideas for your own galleries, websites, and staff training programs.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Gain an understanding of types of accessible resources to make available for families in an informal learning space.
  2. Put accessibile resources into practice, including training for staff and volunteers to build inclusive facilitation skills.
  3. Learn how to evaluate accessible strategies and resources, including making recommendations for implementation or changes.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Jocelyn Knauf
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Spark!Lab Facilitator
Organization: 
National Museum of American History
Bio
Jocelyn Knauf is the Floor Manager of Spark!Lab. She coordinates the day-to-day operations of Spark!Lab and its floor staff and volunteers. Jocelyn is particularly interested in how museums can engage critical thinking skills and inspire lifelong learning through activities, including visitor interaction and volunteer engagement.
Presenter: 
Laurel Miller
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Interpretive Exhibit Manager
Organization: 
National Museum of American History
Bio
Laurel Miller is the manager of Spark!Lab and the Lemelson Center's public programs. As part of the Education staff, she oversees the rest of the Spark!Lab team and volunteer corps that help facilitate meaningful and innovative experiences for visitors of all ages. Her particular interest is in how museums and hands-on spaces encourage family learning, and bringing a more interdisciplinary approach to thinking about invention and innovation.
Presenter: 
Tricia Edwards
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Head of Education
Organization: 
National Museum of American History
Bio
Tricia Edwards is the Head of Education for the Lemelson Center. She develops the conceptual framework for the Center's educational programs and activities, including Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention lab, related instructional materials and evaluation instruments. She is currently working to broaden Spark!Lab's impact with partner institutions across the country to integrate Spark!Lab activities into their programs.