Featured Bits

  1. Fun Balance Blocks

    Fun Balance Blocks


    by Paul Orselli on February 02, 2010

    I just used these "Bill Ding" blocks in a circus-themed exhibit, but really they'd be great in any exhibit area that wants to give visitors some hands-on exploration with topics like patterning and...

  2. Tour of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

    Tour of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science


    by Jim Spadaccini on February 03, 2010

    A 10 minute well-produced video tour of the dinosaurs at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Toward the end of the video you can go behind the scenes and see how they prepare some...

  3. Tactile maps

    Tactile maps


    by Wendy Pollock on February 03, 2010

    I saw this map at the Chicago Botanic Garden last fall. It's pleasing to look at and touch. But I think words could add to its interest and give a sighted member of a group something to read aloud...

  4. Unexhibitable part 2

    Unexhibitable part 2


    by Gretchen Jennings on February 03, 2010

    Maureen McConnell and I are reprising the game activity we hosted last year at AAM, where participants role play museum staff deciding whether or not to mount an exhibition. We need more examples of...

  5. "ring of fire" in math midway

    "ring of fire" in math midway


    by Eric Siegel on February 06, 2010

    this is very cool. It is a 4 foot or so diameter ring, with four red laser leds set in every 90 degrees. A kind of horizontal splitter is installed over each laser led. This creates a thin plane...

  6. Museo Pambata Video

    Museo Pambata Video


    by Mark Walhimer on February 07, 2010

    My video of thoughts about Museo Pambata, Manila, Philippines. More photos at http://museumplanner.org/?p=313

  7. more accessible Wentzscope

    more accessible Wentzscope


    by Ed Rodley on February 11, 2010

    Bud Wentz's monocular microscopes are a staple feature of science center/natural history interactives. Having just seen another one with a broken slide tray mechanism and a wonky viewing angle, I thought...