I was just at our 22nd session within our Neanderthal Next Door program – in which the high school seniors are developing an augmented activity guide about Neanderthals for use in our Halls – and I began to listen to the room.
The teens were working in small groups developing activities for Museum visitors that each incorporated science content, a learning activity, a role for a print guide, a role for digital app, a role for a facilitator, the space in the Hall and associated learning lab, and much much more.
And yet, what the room sounded like, was a cocktail party. They all seem so relaxed, engaged and present. And I thought, this is what good project-based informal science learning sounds like. And it sounds good!