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Pacific Science Center

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Welcome to the virtual Pacific Science Center. Explore the campus, learn more about STEM topics, and create your own exhibit in one of our buildings!

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September 4, 2020

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Minecraft World File

Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition. You'll find this resource in your Templates, under Create New.

Pacific Science Center: Curiosity at Home

Pacific Science Center programs and lessons accessible from the classroom or student's homes

Pacific Science Center: YouTube Channel

Videos produced by Pacific Science Center to support connections with authentic science and Curiosity at Home

Learning Objectives

  • Students will imagine and create an exhibit of their own choosing
  • Explore how museums use space and scale encourage curiosity
  • See how museums use spaces to connect ideas

Guiding Ideas

Teacher Preparation & Notes

We invite you to tour this historic landmark campus and explore the exhibit halls, theaters and courtyard, as well as some of the behind-the-scenes spaces necessary to keep an interactive science center working smoothly. While here you can dive more deeply into some of the exhibit content such as astronomy, dinosaurs, butterflies and naked mole rats, human health, music, or basic physics.

You can use the build to explore specific science topics that relate to your lesson plans. Check out the link to Pacific Science Center’s website to find a whole host of digital resources about the science content in our various galleries. Use the empty exhibit hall (Building 4) to allow students to express what they’ve learned by building their own exhibition.

As you and your students tour the build, think about how the colors, text, images and materials for each section work together to support the topic. A science center’s galleries and exhibits are carefully designed to engage people with STEM content by using interactives, objects and media pieces. Exhibit developers seek to create spaces that stimulate your senses, challenge your perceptions and get you to ask questions.

Introductory questions:

- What captured your attention?

- What makes you want to explore more?

- How does the museum use its space to encourage curiosity?

- What are some different scales on display at the museum?

- How does the museum show connections within and between science and engineering ideas?

- What would you do differently in your own museum?

 

Student Activities

Introduction (as a class) (1 min)

Introduce students to the lesson with the following: ‘Welcome to Pacific Science Center. Explore this scale model of Seattle's iconic science museum. While we tour the galleries, pay attention to how the buildings and exhibits are designed to make things fun and interesting, and how they make you curious to learn more.’

Minecraft PacSci (explore as individuals) (35 mins)

· Ask students to explore the museum and displays. They can take their own individual journey, or you can lead them through and discuss individual spaces. Students should take notes on what themes they observe in each area.

· How does the design of each gallery reflect and support the science content?

· What would students do to communicate something they are interested in, or pursue their curiosity?

· When students reach the empty building (Building 4) they will be given supplies in chests to create their own exhibit on a STEM topic that relates to your lesson plan. Or, a class can work together with each student taking responsibility for part of the build.

Ask the class to discuss what science communication they have seen that impressed them, and how they would build that into a museum space or other community spaces. How does their Minecraft exhibit reflect that?

 

Performance Expectations

Assessment

This lesson will enable students to:

· See how science museums promote curiosity, through exposure to scientific concepts and opportunities to explore engineering, design, and guided observation

· find ways museums enable students and the public to connect with practicing scientists and ask questions about active science in the community

· Observe how science museums use a blend of information sources: text, video, infographics, physical displays to engage the public and promote interest in science and technology

Skills

· Understanding of concepts in Engineering, Technology and Application of Science

· CCC: Structure and Function; Scale, Proportion and Quantity

· Connection to authentic science

 

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Minecraft World File

Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition. You'll find this resource in your Templates, under Create New.

Pacific Science Center: Curiosity at Home

Pacific Science Center programs and lessons accessible from the classroom or student's homes

Pacific Science Center: YouTube Channel

Videos produced by Pacific Science Center to support connections with authentic science and Curiosity at Home