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Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Interactivity 2013



Pittsburgh, PA

More about the Conference:


Special Event

  • Tuesday April 30, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
    Evening Event: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    in Tropical Forest area

    Pre-registration required; cost is $45. Participants should meet in the lobby of the Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel at 6:00 p.m. Volunteers will walk participants to the Liberty Avenue entrance of the hotel where the buses will depart promptly at 6:15 p.m. Buses

The NISE Network will have plant and nature themed nano activities at the this special evening event.


Marketplace - Exhibit Hall

  • Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel

    The NISE Network will have a booth in the exhibit hall featuring the information and activities.


Concurrent Professional Development Sessions

  • Building Relationships with Researchers
    Wednesday, May 1, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
    Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel

World Café: Participants will learn how collaborations with researchers can bring new and exciting ideas, resources and expertise to children’s museums. Museum professionals and research scientists, will share successful partnership models, discuss ways for participants to identify potential partners and give tips for starting and sustaining collaborations. Session will include a frank discussion about lessons learned.

  • Kevin Dilley, Sciencenter
  • Donna Hammer, University of Maryland
  • Neetha Kahn, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Michelle Kortenaar, Sciencenter
  • Jill Millstone, University of Pittsburgh
  • Nora Moynihan, Port Discovery Children’s Museum
  • Lisa Porter, Carnegie Mellon University

Powerpoint presentation available for download


  • Engaging young children in emerging science --sharing our experiences with nanoscience

format: Lightning Round
Wednesday, May 1, 4:15pm-5:30pm
Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel

In this lively session, members of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) will share their experiences engaging young audiences. Our examples will focus on the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology, and our approaches and strategies will be more generally applicable to engaging young audiences in STEM topics. Presenters will share our many successes—as well as lessons learned from a few less-than-successful experiments.

  • Science Museum of Minnesota- Catherine McCarthy
  • Marbles Kids Museum- Hardin Engelhardt
  • McWane Science Center- Kathy Fournier
  • Discovery Museums- Denise LeBlanc
  • Port Discovery Children’s Museum- Nora Moynihan
  • Creative Discovery Museum- Shannon Johnson
  • Children’s Museum of Tucson- CoCo Tarantal
  • Sciencenter- Ali Jackson
  • Science Museum of Minnesota- Paul Martin
  • Children’s Museum of Houston- Aaron Guerrero

Powerpoint presentation available for download