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ASPAC and the Toronto Declaration

March 23, 2010

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I’ve been at ASPAC10, the conference of the Asia Pacific Science and Technology Centres at the Otago Museum.   ASPAC is a signatory to the  Toronto Declaration that states … science literacy is as important as other forms of literacy and numeracy. It is also a powerful tool for social inclusion.  Science centres have relevance to […]

The Wall at Te Papa

October 16, 2008

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There’s a great new interactive exhibit at Te Papa.   The Wall is part of a big new development “Our Space”.    I stood and watched people interacting with the wall for ages.  Much of the time they were playing with the technology but unconciously perhaps they’re telling the story of New Zealand(ers).  It’s not […]

Steam’s up for the Prime Minister

September 16, 2008

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Well that was an interesting afternoon.     We’ve been to the opening of the Emperor’s Dragons at the Otago Museum.  Then, after nearly 90 minutes of speeches (being translated three ways), Phil and I dashed to the Dunedin Gas Works Museum for for another  function.  The reason for the busyness was the Prime Minister. […]

Little systems thinking in games either

August 17, 2008

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I’m still on the hunt for systems thinking in museums.   I still don’t know why museums tend to shy away from complexity in their interactive exhibits.  Martin suggests that it is the  complexity of making such games that dissuades museums – they don’t have the big budgets of the games industry.  Good point.   […]

Systems thinking in museums

August 10, 2008

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A couple of weeks ago I criticised the Exploratorium for a lack of interactive exhibits addressing systems thinking. Since then I’ve been dredging the memory (biological and digital) for some examples. Being able to comprehend complexity, think across scales, and understand complex relationships is a vital part of sustainability education. Here’s some examples: Plant system […]

Interacting but don’t expect to explore systems thinking

July 30, 2008

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The Exploratorium in San Fransico is a truly amazing place. I lost count of the interactive exhibits that were doing a fantastic job of engaging kids (and their adults) in science (click on image for slideshow of interactive exhibits). What surprised me though, is the almost complete lack of complex systems. With about five exceptions, […]

SciCity finalist in TUANZ

November 7, 2007

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We’ve had a long standing partnership with the Otago Museum, together we’ve done some really fun projects, mostly in the arena of bringing digital interactivity to science education.   One of Otago Museum’s most exciting team members is Amos Mann (no relation).   A couple of years ago we collaborated on the SciCards project.   Now their SciCityproject is a […]