Q?rius About Science: Creating a Website to Bring an Interactive Museum Experience into Homes and Classrooms (Booth 6)

Lightning Talk
Dan Kulpinski, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA, Colleen Marzec, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA, Maggy Benson, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA, Devin Reese, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Q?rius is the new interactive science education center for teens and tweens at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It features 6,000 collection objects – many of which visitors can handle and examine with hand lenses and microscopes – as well as touch-screen activities, a lab, a theater, a classroom, and regular appearances by scientists informally presenting their work to the public.

The Q?rius website, qrius.si.edu, seeks to bring the onsite experience into homes and classrooms through a collections browser, digital field books, interactive activities, and an award-winning webcast series.

Learn how we narrowed down our website audience to youth and teachers and how we are working to refine the site based on feedback from both groups. See how we recruited and conducted focus groups to get audience feedback. Learn how the Teachers section has evolved since the site launched in December 2013 and how we have integrated teen voices.

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