STEM in History Museums

Paving the Way for STEM in History Museums

Explore effective and affordable ways to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics into history museums in this series of virtual workshops and discussion groups. Each workshop is designed to pair an interpretive tool with a STEM-based resource, highlighting how to use writing, oral presentation, hands-on activities, and visual storytelling to effectively connect to visitors both onsite and online. Using examples from Texas transportation topics around the state, each workshop provides tangible examples and tools that can be implemented at institutions of any size.

Register now for this multi-part online workshop series!
Tuesday, March 9, 2:00 p.m. CT
Tuesday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. CT
Tuesday, April 6, 2:00 p.m. CT
Online discussion groups will also be held on Thursdays and Fridays during each week of the workshop series.

Writing About Science for a History Museum Audience
(When You're Not a Scientist)

Tuesday, March 9, 2:00 p.m. CT
Discover how interpretive writing techniques can be a powerful tool in making technical topics accessible to visitors of any age. Using examples from historical bridge building and renovation, this workshop will discuss the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to storytelling and give concrete examples of how history-based sites can easily incorporate STEM into exhibits.

Discussion groups will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 11 and 10:00 a.m. CT on Friday, March 12. The meeting link will be emailed to all workshop registrants.

TxDOT Resources on Bridges:
New Technology for Building Bridges (3 minute video)
Leading Innovation in Texas Bridge Design (3 minute video)
Pre-Stressed Concrete in Texas Bridge Construction (40 second video)
Neoprene Pads in Texas Bridge Construction (50 second video)
Bridges of Exceptional Length in Texas (1 minute video)
Across the Rio Grande: International Bridges (50 second video)
"Flying" Across Texas Bridges (50 second video)
Historic Iron Bridges of Denton County, Texas (school curriculum tied to TEKS)
History of a Hamilton County Truss Bridge (5 minute video)
The Stories Behind the Bridges (StoryMap)

If You Build It, They Will Come:
Incorporating STEM Topics into School Programs at History Museums

Tuesday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. CT
Learn how to create engaging educational activities for student audiences, and how these programs will benefit both the students and your site. Explore different programming types and interpretation techniques, and how to implement them both at your site and as outreach into the classroom. Using resources on Biology and Environment, participants will practice program planning skills that can be applied at their own sites to connect history with STEM to create well-rounded, multidisciplinary programs sought out by schools.

Discussion groups will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 25 and 10:00 a.m. CT on Friday, March 26. The meeting link will be emailed to all workshop registrants.

TxDOT Resources on Biology and Environment:
Perpetuating Pollinators (5 minute video)
Texas Bats and Bridges (2 minute video)
Bats and Bridges (StoryMap)
TxDOT Wildflower Program (webpage, includes links to wildflower facts)

Using Visual Storytelling to Add Science to History Exhibits

Tuesday, April 6, 2:00 p.m. CT
Explore impactful use of digital images and video as a tool to discuss STEM in history exhibits. Participants will learn how to use graphics, images, and video as storytelling techniques to create meaningful digital content. Using examples from Texas transportation history, this webinar will share examples across multiple platforms and provide tools for participants to implement methods both onsite and online.

Discussion groups will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 8 and 10:00 a.m. CT on Friday, April 9. The meeting link will be emailed to all workshop registrants.

TxDOT Resources on Transportation History:
Texas' Broadway of America: The Bankhead Highway Interpretive Plan (PDF)
Adventure and Agriculture: Texas Aviation Interpretive Plan (PDF)
Incorporating Transportation History into Exhibits (webinar)
Icons of a Century: Historic Texas Gas Stations (StoryMap)
History Texas Highways (webpage)


 


Paving the Way for STEM in History Museums
 is a collaboration between the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.