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Go Power... Naturally museum exhibit(ST10980-1)

The Children's Museum of Science and Tec

Background

Since 2006, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) has used its Go Power exhibit and accompanying energy related programs to educate museum visitors about energy issues. The exhibit was designed about a decade ago for the Austin Children’s Museum in Texas and was updated and added to CMOST two years ago, funded in part by General Electric (GE). Although it includes some information on emerging energy sources such as wind and solar, its main focus is on fossil fuels such as gas, oil, and coal. The exhibit needs to be updated to meet the energy related educational needs of future generations.

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Project Description

Specific objectives include: 1) develop, build, and install new components to the Go Power exhibit; 2) incorporate outside curricula components into existing energy-related museum programming; and, 3) provide underwriting assistance to allow existing NYSERDA partner schools to visit CMOST or be visited by CMOST staff free of charge.

Benefits

CMOST provides a unique learning environment to tens of thousands of students every year; about 65,000 student visitors are anticipated in 2008. Because the museum influences such a large number of students and educators, up-to-date programs are crucial to ensure that future generations have the tools they need to address society’s most pressing energy issues.

Project Results

The exhibit is in place and is being viewed by CMOST visitors, both in the general public and during energy related programming for students. The outdoor classroom is completed, solar array mounted, and the data acquisition system is installed and operational. The indoor touch screen kiosk is being used by students daily. Energy programming was developed, and is being delivered to area students through field trips that began in September, 2009. As of spring of 2010, approximately 600 students have participated. Many attended at low or no cost through the Discover Science funding program, and as additional funding is raised, more classes will be granted admission. Based on evaluative feedback from participating educators, adjustments were made to suit a variety of age groups, and the resulting “finished product” is now offered as a regular option to visiting school groups.

Contractor

The Children's Museum of Science and Tec
250 Jordan Rd
Troy, NY 12180

Principle Investigator

Museum Info

Universities Involved

Technologies

Project Type:

Information Dissemination


Technologies Types:

Energy Power Supply
Photovoltaic

NYSERDA Contact Information

Judy Jarnefeld
JJ1@nyserda.ny.gov

Program

R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST10980-1




Last Updated: 2/10/2014