21-Tech

The 21-Tech initiative has allowed me as a Discovery Guide to push myself further on how much information I can process and share with each visitor I encounter.- Odis Garrett, Children’s Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech is a bridge between our museum guides and the visitors in that it creates connections between educational concepts and the real world.- Shawn Waxali, Children’s Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech has helped Discovery Guides engage visitors by extending their experience through the apps and applying it to the exhibits.- Ian Tibby, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech is a way of ‘hiding the vegetables in the fruit’ where the kids do not realize they are learning, but instead having fun and being fed knowledge that intrigues their minds.- Lauren Bell, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech provides a new outlet for our Discovery Guides to interact with the visitors in a way that further enhances their experience and makes the visit overall extra enjoyable.- Sylvia Garcia, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide

DIY Nano

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App Description

The DIY Nano app allows families and floor presenters to experience and learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at home, on the go, or at a museum!

The app provides free, easy to use, hands-on activities at your fingertips. Each activity includes material lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive, and you probably have many of them in your own home!

The app includes links to family friendly videos and helps you browse the whatisnano.org public website for more information, activities, and videos.

The DIY Nano app was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). Funded by the National Science Foundation, NISE Net is dedicated to engaging all audiences with fun, educational activities about nano!

How We Use It

Currently, we use this as a way to show short videos about nano to visitors who want to know more.  Having a wi-fi signal is necessary right now due to the fact that the videos are hosted on Vimeo or Youtube.

If you do nano education outreach on your museum floor, DIY Nano is a great “takeaway’ for visitors so that they can do nano at home.  For those without an iPhone, visitors can be shown the whatisnano.org website via the app and the presenter can show them how to navigate to DIY Nano pdfs.  This app will also prove popular with home schoolers.

In the future, this app will incorporate e-mail to link to the .pdfs, more DIY activities, and fun games for kids.

Museum Recommending:  Lawrence Hall of Science
Platform Used:  
iOS/iPhone/iPad (Design primarily for iPhone)
Cost: Free
Link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/diy-nano/id520611568?mt=8 



 

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Project Brief

21-Tech partners study and share the effective use of Personal Mobile Technologies (PMTs) by gallery facilitators in their work with visitors. The initial three years (2011-2013) of 21-Tech are funded in large part by a 21st Century Museum Professionals award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project is led by the Children’s Museum of Houston in partnership with Lawrence Hall of Science, New York Hall of Science, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and Sciencenter. For more information, please visit the About page.

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