Connecting the Public with Science: Lessons from a Major Public Museum


Oct. 19, 2021, 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Chemistry CS50

Presented By:
Rachel Smith
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences &

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I will discuss why it is important to share scientific research with the public and give examples of how to create meaningful experiences in an informal education setting. Exhibits and programs in astronomy and planetary science at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be shown as examples of how to effectively engage the public. I will also present new software called OpenSpace, an open-source, interactive data visualization project that uses mission data and observations along with the latest visualization techniques to fly through the universe, and how we are currently using this software in exhibits, presentations, undergraduate education, and internships within museum spaces.