Expo Expose: Lessons from the Evolution of Pop Culture Expos

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
130 America's Center
Description
First Friday is the Saint Louis Science Center's monthly expo-style event that integrates science content with a pop culture or sci-fi theme. Follow the cross-departmental team and a community partner through the development of a First Friday from the initial brainstorming to integrating visitor feedback. With a wide range of characters including staff, partners, and visitors, we'll explore the tensions of defining and engaging a First Friday audience; the push to be innovative and test concepts, exhibits, and/or games every month; and how the program has evolved.

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

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn how a cross-departmental team structure has formed and evolved, and how the structure is being integrated into other programs.
  2. See monthly events as experimental playgrounds that allow for prototyping, expanded flexibility, and greater risks and rewards.
  3. Explore one way to engage community partners to be true volunteers for the organization and expand expo-based capabilities.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Braton Grannan
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
STEaM Network Manager
Organization: 
Saint Louis Science Center
Bio
Grannan joined the Saint Louis Science Center as its grant writer in 2012, before moving into a management role and now working as its STEaM Network Manager to connect scientists and the public in meaningful ways. He has also worked at a small after-school program while at Washington University in St. Louis, studying anthropology and pre-medical studies as an undergraduate and completing Master's work in business administration and social work.
Presenter: 
Jeffrey Johnson
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Illustrator
Bio
Jeffrey is a member of the Saint Louis Craft Mafia, and the creative lead of Red Herring Illustration and Craft Monster. He has participated in many programs with the Science Center including First Fridays, the Active Creativity Partners, and the steering committee for the Bright Ideas Expo. Jeffrey completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Central Missouri.
Presenter: 
Kelley Staab
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Research & Evaluation Associate
Organization: 
Saint Louis Science Center
Bio
Kelley Staab has been a Research & Evaluation Associate at the Saint Louis Science Center since 2015. She has worked on exhibit, program/event, and visitor motivation studies, as well as being the lead evaluator for First Fridays. Before starting at the Science Center, she completed an undergraduate degree in history at Dickinson College and a Master's in museology at the University of Washington.
Presenter: 
Paul Freiling
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director, Emerging Technology
Organization: 
Saint Louis Science Center
Bio
As the Director of Emerging Technology, Paul leads the development of engineering and technology based educational experiences for the Saint Louis Science Center. Through his work, he has developed innovative collaborations with Boeing, Disney, FIRST Robotics, NASA and XPRIZE. Paul serves on the board of the Innovative Technology Education Fund and holds a degree in Engineering Management from Saint Louis University.