Museum of Science, Boston Brings the Museum Experience to Audiences Everywhere with a New Online Initiative, MOS at Home

March 30, 2020

Daily Live Presentations, At Home STEM Projects, and Fun Podcasts Delivered Daily by Museum Educators

BOSTON, MA (March 30, 2020) – The Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science centers, has launched a new digital Museum experience for audiences, MOS at Home. With multiple live presentations throughout the day, creative engineering projects, podcasts, kid-friendly activities, and more, the Museum is inviting the community to visit remotely at www.mos.org/MOSatHome for new content every day.

“With MOS at Home, the Museum is bringing world-class STEM experiences to people everywhere, taking the learning that happens every day in our Exhibit Halls to everyone in our community and beyond,” said Tim Ritchie, president of the Museum of Science, Boston. “Through MOS at Home, our talented team of educators and experts is making STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) accessible to people of every age and background, to help cultivate a generation of problem-solvers, doers and makers, one that enjoys and celebrates science, whether or not they are able to visit the Museum.”

MOS at Home offerings will include presentations and content from all familiar areas of the Museum. Audiences will be able to learn directly from Museum experts during multiple, live daily segments like, “Ask a Scientist,” while others can download fun Engineering Design Workshop challenges to do at home.  Additionally, parents and educators can interact directly with the Museum’s EiE educators and get valuable tips on how to support STEM education through informative live webinars. Closed captioning will be available for both live and recorded content and many will be available in languages other than English, beginning with Spanish-language videos.

Content streams include:

  • MOS Live: these live presentations, delivered multiple times per day, will include opportunities for question-and-answer sessions on topics such as dinosaurs, space, reptiles, lightning, and COVID-19 updates.
  • Science Snapshot: the Museum offers its Gordon Current Science & Technology Center presentations, with Museum educators presenting the latest science news, with topics ranging from COVID-19 and quantum physics to the expanding universe.
  • Pulsar: A Podcast: a series of podcasts about a variety of science topics delivered by Museum educators.
  • Family STEM Activities: stimulating, at-home activities that bring the Museum’s engineering design workshop and award-winning EiE STEM curricula from the classroom to audiences everywhere.
  • Town Halls: opportunities for people to come together, learn about, and discuss topics of interest. Town Halls convene thought leaders from across the science and technology sector to help participants understand, and shape, the world around us.
  • Museum Resources: from recommended resources that help keep STEM education continuing at home to exhibit content to explore remotely, these resources will encourage continued connection and engagement.

 

MOS at Home is the centerpiece of the strategic approach the Museum is taking to serve the public while the Museum’s doors are closed. Additional measures include the launch of a fundraising campaign, Science Matters, to support The MOS Fund, and the development of opportunities for all staff affected by the closure to contribute remotely to continue Museum offerings and operations.

“Whether we are open or closed, our staff is and always has been the most important asset we have as a Museum,” said Ritchie. “We will do all we can to support them for as long as possible. I am immensely proud of our dedicated team members—from every department across the Museum— who have joined forces, mastered  new tools and skills, and completely transformed our model, practically overnight, and all while working remotely.”

“The spirit of innovation, resilience, and compassion that I have seen within our Museum over the past few weeks gives me hope. This crisis has reminded us of the importance of science-literacy, reinforced the importance of an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning, and of the power we all have to adapt, grow, and respond to a changing world.  It has awakened in us a deep concern for our neighbors and those we serve. My hope is that we will emerge from this stronger, smarter, tougher, and more empathetic,” continued Ritchie.  “Despite the many challenges, I’m certain the Museum of Science will become an even more vital community resource than ever before.”

Those interested in the week’s schedule of events available through MOS at Home or who wish to donate to The MOS Fund, can visit the Museum’s website, www.mos.org.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces approximately 1.4M visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. Beyond its walls, the Museum reaches tens of millions more through award-winning STEM content such as its blockbuster traveling exhibits, The Science Behind Pixar, the world’s leading prek-8 engineering curricula, EiE®, and originally created, globally distributed planetarium shows. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at https://www.mos.org.

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