science museum studies
The first of its kind in the United States, the science museum studies track enables students to collaborate with scientists and learn the best strategies to communicate science to a broad range of public audiences in a variety of settings. Classroom experiences provide a collaborative, project-based and audience-focused approach that emphasizes effective communication skills, program development, public service, and collections care. The program also emphasizes administration, fund raising and development, and sustainability practices.
Working with faculty, colleagues, and community members, students practice grappling with and interpreting contemporary issues. Students are trained to address current science issues in their communities, to support a more informed and democratic electorate, and to instill a passion for learning. Students explore science as it applies to various informal venues, learn how to consider various demographics in communicating science, develop and implement programs and exhibition content, and utilize and evaluate statistics t0 understand the efficacy of various methods of communicating science to the public. Science institutions play a central role in their communities and by encouraging interdisciplinary learning in the sciences, history, and art through these institutions, graduates act as catalysts for social change.
In keeping with CGP’s collaborative nature the program’s current relationships include: the Paleontological Research Institution, Museum of the Earth, Cayuga Nature Center, and the Otsego Land Trust. Classes also include guest speakers from the American Museum of Natural History, Dudley Observatory, NY Hall of Science, Shelburne Farms, New England Aquarium, as well as the USDA, NOAA, and NASA.
For more information please visit cgpscience.org
To see the Science Museum Studies Curriculum, click here.