Museums as Key Learning Centers


In this week’s U.S. News & World Report, Ioannis (Yannis) N. Miaoulis,  president and director of theMuseum of Science, Boston and former dean of Tufts University School of Engineering, reflects on the role of  science centers and museums in STEM education.

“According to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), representing 353 U.S. science centers and museums, nearly 63 million visits are made to these science centers and museums a year,” writes Miaoulis. “ With resources that many schools do not have, museums offer interactive, standards-based activities complementing the school curriculum that can excite students and equip them with the skills to make informed decisions and pursue STEM fields. And 82 percent of these institutions also offer teacher professional development, aligned with best practices.”

Museums have long been at the heart of “informal education” , and there are now numerous studies exploring how visitors learn at museums and science centers.  While Miaoulis focuses on STEM education, science museums can provide comprehensive learning experiences across a broad array of subjects, from art to social studies.

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