Conference on Museums and New Family Audiences– Building Relationships (Bridges Conference)

December 1st, 2007 - November 30th, 2010 | PROJECT

The Franklin Institute Science Museum is planning, implementing, evaluating and disseminating the results of a 2.5 day conference entitled "Museums and New Family. Audiences - Building Relationships." The conference will be held in Philadelphia and involve a total of 75 professionals representing 25 museum/community programs, local community partners, advisers, and community partnership funders. Growing out of several initiatives over the past decade, the primary goal of the conference is to explore how museums and other informal science education organizations can develop and maintain long-term museum/community relationships to engage underserved families in informal STEM activities. Outcomes will include stronger relationships, a set of best practices and guidelines to be disseminated to the field, and the beginnings of a network.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Museum/Community Partnerships: Lessons Learned from the Bridges Conference

Team Members

Minda Borun, Principal Investigator, Franklin Institute Science Museum
ANGELA WENGER, Co-Principal Investigator, New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences
Ronald Fricke, Co-Principal Investigator, Toledo Zoo
Jacqueline Genovesi, Co-Principal Investigator, Academy of Natural Sciences


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0734835
Funding Amount: 137900


Audience: Evaluators | Families | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Conferences | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks