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Bringing the Museum into the Classroom

Science  25 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6020, pp. 1028-1029
DOI: 10.1126/science.1197076

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Field trips to science institutions offer an opportunity for teachers to spark student interest and to supplement their classroom teaching with vivid experiences of science and nature. At the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, education is central to our mission, and all content is developed to support learning. Museum exhibition and education staff produce media-rich content that is scientifically authoritative, thanks to collaboration with members of the museum's research staff of more than 200 active scientists. Digital technology opens new avenues to bring these resources into the classroom to extend a class field trip or to bring the museum to classrooms outside the New York City region.