science centers can play a critical role in sparking life-long interest in
and understanding of science, engineering, and technology.
They offer a non-threatening, friendly environment where adults
and students can explore without fear of being wrong, or admitting what
they don't know.
Many museums have broad, updated resources that some schools
do not have. They often also offer informal, interactive activities that
complement local course curriculum. By helping the public investigate the
natural world and explore why and how the human-made world works, science centers museums can also help equip young people -- and
adults -- with the skills they need to live, work, and innovate in the 21st
Some museums and science centers also offer weekend or
summer programs for precollege students, and some also offer programs for
teachers, including lesson plans and activities for use in the
classroom. Many offer hands on experiences for exploring science,
mathematics, engineering, computing, healthcare, and medicine or health
Science Centers and
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us with your suggestions of other museums which should be on this list.