August 17, 2012
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $147,000 to the Aquarium for the development of a professional learning program centered on the Science on a Sphere® (SOS) exhibit in the Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center.
Developing the educators’ data literacy and improving their comfort level in interpreting information for visitors using technology are among the project’s goals. These skills will help educators maximize the use of the SOS platform while telling compelling stories about the ocean and Earth systems.
“Developing an education staff that is proficient in data interpretation and creative in using advanced technology will be crucial to the Aquarium’s future growth,” said David Bader, the Aquarium’s director of education. “New SOS shows as well as new technology-based exhibit galleries at the Aquarium could serve as a model for innovative learning and visitor engagement for other aquariums, zoos, and museums. Because of this project, Aquarium education staff will be established as leaders in the field of integrating technology and interpretation.”
Bader will serve as the project manager and Aquarium Grants Manager Lindsay Yates will be the overall manager of the grant.