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Museum of Science, Boston's National Center for Technological Literacy to Receive National Science Board Public Service Award

April 28, 2015

Boston–On May 5, the National Science Board (NSB) will present its 2015 Public Service Award to the Museum of Science, Boston's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) during the National Science Foundation-NSB awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis will accept the award.

“The center’s innovative exhibits, programs, and curricular projects have brought engineering, technology, and science to millions of students across the country and provided teachers with the professional training they need for the 21st Century classroom,” said Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, chair of the NSB honorary awards committee. This prestigious award honors exemplary public service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering. This year, the American Museum of Natural History is also receiving an award.

Led by Miaoulis, the Museum created the NCTL in 2004 to foster science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge for all. Its strategy calls for advocacy, reforming standards and assessments, creating K-12 engineering curricula, teacher professional development, and museum programming, as well as enhancing public views of engineering.

Responding to the lack of elementary engineering curricula, the NCTL piloted its Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) in 2004 with eight teachers and 200 students. As of March 2015, NCTL curricula had reached an estimated 84,600 teachers and 7.9 million students nationwide, including EiE's statewide implementation in Delaware and its introduction on U.S. Department of Defense military bases across the U.S. and Pacific region. The NCTL has also created curricula for middle, high, and out of school.

"We are deeply honored to receive the National Science Board Public Service Award," said Miaoulis. "We believe that a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry is critical. We also believe that engineering brings science and math alive so that children can learn to solve problems in our engineered world. Some of these children may also later pursue STEM careers and help to create the innovations that can improve our lives."

Other Museum-NCTL Milestones

  • Promoting engineering to over 3 million people via its Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition, created with Lucasfilm Ltd. (2005-2014);
  • Leading an NSF-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network among university scientists and educators, creating activities and exhibits reaching 30 million people since 2005;
  • Engaging more than 580,000 young visitors in the engineering design cycle via Museum-based Design Challenges since 2003;
  • Being endorsed by the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council for districtwide STEM reform via the Gateway Project, which has been replicated in Texas, New Hampshire, and Maine;
  • Helping build support for the first Engineering Education for Innovation Act, introduced in Congress (2010, 2011), and the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act (2013, 2015).

The NSB establishes National Science Foundation (NSF) policies and advises the President and Congress on national policy issues involving science and engineering research and education. Past NSB awardees include the PBS series NOVA, the NPR Science Desk, and the Exploratorium. For more information, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/index.jsp.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces more than 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. The Museum is the first science center in the United States with a strategy and infrastructure to integrate engineering into schools and museums nationwide. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Museum also reaches over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network.

Press Contact

Carrie-anne Nash: 617-589-0250 or cnash@mos.org