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LEADERSHIP:NOAA Hosts its Fifth Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network Workshop

Published January 2013

NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific (AOP) recently co-hosted a successful fifth Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network Workshop with support from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. NOAA's Office of Education hosts Network workshops every 18 months, bringing institutions that publicly display Science On a Sphere® (SOS) together to collaborate and create best practices on using the sphere as an effective Earth system science education platform.

SOS Presentation
Eddie Goldstein of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science shares new Science On a Sphere® video content and effective docent techniques with the SOS Network.

This workshop took place at AOP in Long Beach, CA on November 6-8, 2012. There were 109 participants in attendance representing 50 different organizations, including museums, science centers, aquariums, zoos, federal agencies, universities, formal education programs, and exhibit and visualization specialists. Attendees represented six countries, reflecting the continued growth of the SOS Network around the world.

The workshop theme was Science & Storytelling, and several keynote speakers helped frame the discussion around this theme. Major agenda elements included: new content and programming for SOS; updates to the technical system; how-to sessions for creating content, becoming a subject matter expert, designing digital interfaces, using real-time data, customizing presentations, and building your own equipment; overview of the SOS Network for new members; and discussions of evaluation and research, stewardship, and professional learning. View the goals and objectives of the workshop for more detail. A workshop report will be posted on the Network workshops and meetings page later this year.

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