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Science-Technology Centers and Science Museums

Over the past 40 years, science-technology centers have been one of the most rapidly growing venues for people to learn about the world of science, engineering, and technology outside school. Unlike museums of past eras, which displayed objects in glass cases to protect them, science-technology centers are places where people are encouraged to touch—to push buttons and levers, arrange lenses, throw their voices across large rooms using a parabolic dish—in a word, to engage with the “stuff” of science and engineering. Although a goal of science-technology centers is for people to learn the core ideas of science and understand the basis of engineering achievements, it is a secondary goal to sparking visitors’ interests, helping them realize why science and technology education is important for everyone ...

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