Finding Relevance: Blurring the Line between History and STEM

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
275 America's Center
Description
Many museums are developing experiences that connect history with STEM. But questions persist about the methods, intended goals, and success of these endeavors. Hear from four historical institutions, and add your own voice, as we discuss why STEM integration can be meaningful in history museums, as well as strategies for evaluation. Then, explore how each institution moved beyond a basic history of science" model to more deeply connect STEM and history while maintaining the strength of their historic collections and programs.

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

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn how STEM integration can increase and complement the relevancy of your institution's work.
  2. Learn how to foster intersections with STEM in exhibits and programs while maintaining a focus on historical learning and content.
  3. Learn to strengthen connections between STEM and history for visitors by integrating critical thinking skills used in each.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Andrea Jones
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Founder
Organization: 
The Accokeek Foundation
Bio
Andrea Jones is an educator with 15 years of experience and spans both classroom and museum education. At the Atlanta History Center, Jones was part of an award-winning team that created a new framework for a more immersive visitor experience. Jones now serves as the Director of Programs and Visitor Engagement at Accokeek Foundation. She holds a BA in Communications from Purdue University and an M.Ed. from Georgia State University.
Presenter: 
Catherine Hughes
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Interpretation and Evaluation
Organization: 
Conner Prairie Museum
Bio
Catherine Hughes, PhD, is a hybrid theatre practitioner, museum professional, educator, researcher, and author of Museum Theatre: Communicating with visitors through drama. She has made a career of blurring disciplinary lines. She led the Meet the Past team at the Atlanta History Center. She is Director of Interpretation and Evaluation at Conner Prairie History Museum.
Presenter: 
Mariruth Leftwich
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Education Manager
Organization: 
Senator John Heinz History Center
Bio
Mariruth Leftwich, Ph.D., is the Education Manager at the Senator John Heinz History Center. Her experience includes tenure as Digital Learning Officer at the Museum of London, Vice President for Education at the Charlotte Museum of History, and educator roles at the Atlanta History Center and National Army Museum (UK). Mariruth holds a Ph.D. in museum education from the University of London's Institute of Education.
Presenter: 
Sarah Sims
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Manager, K-12 Education Programs
Organization: 
Missouri History Museum
Bio
Sarah Sims is the Manager of K-12 Education Programs at the Missouri History Museum, where she oversees programs for students and teachers. After time as a classroom teacher, Sarah transitioned into museum education at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Her main areas of interest include museum literacy and connections between empathy and museum experiences. Sarah holds an MA in Museum Studies and Art History from Case Western Reserve University.