Portal to the Public

July 15th, 2007 - June 30th, 2012 | PROJECT

Portal to the Public is a program designed to assist informal science education (ISE) institutions as they seek to bring scientists and public audiences together in face-to-face public interactions that promote appreciation and understanding of current scientific research and its application. Led by Pacific Science Center (WA), in collaboration with Explora (NM), the North Museum of Natural History and Science (PA) and the Institute for Learning Innovation (MD), the program model was implemented and evaluated at five additional museums and science centers during 2007-2011. The project goals were to create a flexible and scalable guiding framework that would support ISE institutions build relationships with their local scientific community, design professional development workshops for scientists, and create public program formats featuring scientists. The project included thorough research and evaluation of the guiding framework, dissemination process, and implementation at expansion sites. The Portal to the Public project team has produced an Implementation Manual as a guide for institutions planning to implement a Portal to the Public-type program, available for download at the project website (http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Portal-to-the-Public/portal). It includes the Catalog of Professional Development Elements, a practical guide to creating and facilitating professional development experiences for scientists.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Portal to the Public Summative Evaluation: Comparative Case Studies of Implementation at Five Sites
Portal to the Public presentation
Portal to the Public: Expanding the National Network
Portal to the Public
Spotlight: Portal to the Public

Team Members

Meena Selvakumar, Principal Investigator, Pacific Science Center
Dennis Schatz, Former Principal Investigator, Pacific Science Center Foundation
Margaret Marino, Co-Principal Investigator, North Museum of Natural History and Science
Kristin Leigh, Co-Principal Investigator, Explora
Jessica Sickler, Co-Principal Investigator, Institute for Learning Innovation
Martin Storksdieck, Former Co-Principal Investigator, Institute for Learning Innovation
Jennifer Pritchard, Contributor, Pacific Science Center Foundation


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0639021
Funding Amount: 2020245


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media