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Mar 01 2015 - 07:00 PM
The Place Between Schools and Museums

As you walk into the Mission Science Workshop, you may see some kids holding a snake, examining rocks and fossils, handling the bones of a 36-foot gray whale skeleton, or tinkering with tools to understand the science of pressure, light, and color. The entire environment is filled with the sound of excitement. This isn’t a school science classroom or a fancy museum; it’s a community science center, and it’s filling the opportunity gap between schools and museums.

Mission Science Workshop started at founder Dan Sudran’s garage to satisfy his own curiosity about how things work. Driven by his openness and passion, it organically grew into a fun place for neighborhood kids to share his interest, and later a community science center, and then a professional development space for science teachers and students. Now it’s a model for other learning centers that share his vision for providing under-resourced children with interactive activities and experiential exhibits.

What do you think about this model of science education? What can educators learn from its approach to supplement and change education? Share your thoughts in this Vialogues

@01:20 johnlee: Kid's curiosity makes them alert and active in the learning activities. It is the best drive for STEM learning.

@01:50 johnlee: :The center focuses on serving low income families and kids. This is a unique and much needed focus.

|By: Ching-Fu Lan|644 Reads