Museum/Community Partnerships: Lessons Learned from the Bridges Conference

January 1st, 2011 | RESEARCH

On June 20-22, 2008, the Philadelphia/Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative (PISEC) conducted the Bridges Conference for museum/community partnership programs that serve families. The conference was funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (DRL# 0734835), which covered planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination. The Bridges Conference was designed to bring together professionals involved with long-term museum/community relationships, and to offer opportunities to share and develop new strategies to (1) address practical issues inherent in funding, developing and managing museum/community collaborations aimed at bringing science and math to underserved families, and (2) focus on the unique challenges and benefits of collaborating to work with families. Information shared during the conference was intended to contribute to advancing the field of intergenerational learning and informal science education as a whole.


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Team Members

Philadelphia-Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative (PISEC), Contributor
Minda Borun, Author, The Franklin Institute
Barbara Martin, Author
Karen Garelik, Author


Identifier Type: isbn
Identifier: 978-1-889939-16-2


Funding Source: NSF
Award Number: 0734835

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


Audience: Families | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs