Saturday, January 31, 2015

Week 9: Thursday January 29th - Personality Test and Museum Exploration

On Thursday, the teens and interns started the day by taking a personality test. This personality test would place them into one of four different animals based an how they rated certain qualities. As it turns out the teens are mostly type A personalities. The animals associated with these were Buffalo and Eagle. In contrast the interns tended to be type B Personalities characterized by Beavers and Mice.
Two of our teens posing for a picture.
After the personality test the teens were broken up into there groups. These groups are 3-4 teens per intern and will be utilized through out the program for different projects and tours. These groups were paired up and sent into the museum to look at the importance of soil. This gave the teens more cultural and historic back ground on lead and soil.

The names the teens chose for their groups.

This was also the first time the teens were exclusively lead by the interns. One group went into the Mineral Hall and the other group went into the Cultural Exhibits.
Here at E-Net we try to be inclusive and welcoming to all of our interested partners. This includes Steve the Skeleton, Karl the Snake and Bella the Polar Bear.

Week 9: Tuesday January 27th - Coming Back Strong

On Tuesday we performed some team building exercises and welcomed our new students and interns. It was great to see everyone again and we are all looking forward to continue to develop our exhibit. The two main activities that were performed by the teens were a Tower Building Competition and an Obstacle Course. 

Teens constructing a tower out of pipe cleaners.
The teens were given a box, 2 newspapers, 25 pipe-cleaners, a length of tape and string. Using these materials the teens had 10 minutes to create the tallest tower possible.

The second team building their tower.
The teens showed their creativity and problem solving skills when creating the towers. The competition ended in a tie, as it was not stated that body parts could not be used.

The end of our obstacle course, with one of the new interns.
The teens built and guided their fellow teens through an obstacle course. This involved crawling under a table. Then they navigated over several chairs and had to guide a table to the white board. At the white board they had to draw a cat. After the cat they were guided to the skeleton. Our resident skeleton felt much love as everyone had to hold his hand.

Steve and his new friend Karl!
Keep checking-in and seeing what our team develops as the Spring Term continues.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Week 1-7 Recap and Update

It was an exciting end of the semester that culminated in the testing of our exhibits in the first week of December.

Expect our Tuesday and Thursday posts to start rolling in! The teens started back up on January 27th!!!

A young museum patron intrigued by the soil rug exhibit that the teens developed and built.

Two of our teens displaying their project for the public.

Week 1: During week one the Interns and Educations introduced the program and our field of study to the teens. This was done by taking the teens through stations where they learned more about soil.

Week 2:   During week two we read two stories from different Native American tribes about the creation of the earth. The teens split into two groups and each performed one of the 2 stories we read as a skit. This week the teens also researched different things about soil.

Week 3: During week three the Energy-Net team went to Schenley Park to learn about how to use a GPS. On Thursday, PhD candidate and paleoclimatologist David Pompeani gave a presentation about ancient lead pollution. He is responsible for finding the oldest lead pollution in the world! 

Week 4: At Energy-NET this week the team gathered soil samples from Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park On Thursday the teens broke out into groups and conducted a Town Hall Brownfield Debate!

Week 5:  A presentation was giving from a Museum educator about evaluating an exhibit. After which the teens were sent to different parts of the museum to evaluate and look at how different exhibits worked.

Week 6: Week six was the idea and creation time. Teens broke into their different groups to develop and display their exhibits. These exhibit reigned from Pittsburgh Industrial History Timeline, to lead history. They also contained Soil Rug, create your own lot, and a video about why soil is important.

Week 7: It was crunch time! We deconstructed and evaluated our exhibits. After, the teens reconstructed the exhibits and presented them during the family day on Saturday.

*** To learn more about what we do and have done in the past, Please visit our past blog posts!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Week 6: Thursday November 20th - Activity Designing Time

Today we focused on creating our activities that we would test on Saturday in the museum. However, before that we played hangman as an icebreaker/warmup activity.

Afterwards we broke up into our groups, which were each led by an intern or one of the educational staff members, and began working on our projects. We used the materials we had requested and got creative when we didn't know what materials to use. The activities ranged from a video, to games, and even a gigantic historical timeline activity.

Two of the groups working on compiling information and assembling/putting together their activities

One of the teens working on the timeline activity

The movie group working on turning their information into a script that was later recorded

At the end of the day, we determined what still needed to be completed before Saturday afternoon and made plans for when and how we would finish the activities. Hopefully the museum visitors will like what we created for them!  

Week 6: Tuesday November 18th: Idea time!

Today at EnergyNet, our main focus was to talk about ways that museums communicate ideas to the public, and to then use inspiration from that discussion to come up with ideas for our exhibit.

After some scheduling details, the group talked about modes and what things in other museums we have been drawn to.
Students listening to and contributing ideas to the group discussion

We then looked at some of the ideas that we had previously individually brainstormed. We created blueprints of what we thought the exhibit should look like. Everybody presented their ideas and then we wrote down which ideas we thought would be best for communicating the ideas about soil our exhibit will focus on.

Although this is difficult to see, we projected each of the teen's ideas onto the white board so there would be a visual for them to explain
After a short break, we broke up into groups and determined which ideas we thought were best suited for each of the content areas that the exhibit will focus on. Each activity the students will be designing will communicate one of our 5 content areas. The groups/content areas are: contaminants/remediation, pittsburgh history, lead, soil types, and importance and need of soil. The groups then shared their ideas with the rest of the EnergyNet team.

One of the students writing their group's ideas on the board

The students decided which content area they wanted to focus on and divided up into groups to start working on designing their activities. In our groups, we came up with goals, what materials we would need, and a plan for how to make our activities on Thursday. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Week 5: Thursday November 13, 2014 Timeline Time!

  Thursday at Energy-Net, the team began by completing the evaluation activities with those who couldn’t attend Tuesday’s meeting. These evaluation activities were set up to evaluate what we had learned so far in our time with the program and what we hope to accomplish in our museum activities and final exhibit.  Lauren then led the group in a discussion that got everyone involved.

(Lauren leading a discussion)
(Finalizing our goals!)

Later, we finalized our goals for the content of our activities and exhibits. After that, we went to the art museum to see how art can communicate and teach content. Everyone participated by taking notes. These were then mapped in our timeline. We can’t wait to see where our brainstorming goes and what our final project will look like!
(Jordy and Alexus checking out some art.)

(Roe and Zora taking notes in the art museum.)

(Our timeline!)

Can't wait to see what next week will bring! See you then! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Week 5: Tuesday November 11, 2014 Museum Perspectives with Kaleen

Previously on Energy Net… 

Today was when we really started to think about the audience of our museum exhibit. Kaleen came in and talked to us about what makes a good exhibit, and who our audience may be. We then embarked on a quest inside the museum, observing current exhibits. We were given cards that gave us the roles of audiences we didn’t relate to and had to see if these exhibits appealed to that audience. For example, my group was given cards that read: college student on crutches and a family with a toddler and stroller.  We took notes based on the questions, “Is the exhibit working?” and “Who is the exhibit working for?” We got into character and really considered if the exhibit worked well for our audience. Then, we met up with Kaleen and the rest of the group at the moose in the wildlife exhibit to discuss our findings. 

Later, once we returned to the classroom, we began the evaluation stations activity. Buckets were scattered around the room with post-its inside that contained questions for us to complete. We wrote about what he would like to overhear our visitors saying at our exhibit and even had the opportunity to draw what we thought our exhibit might look like. After we completed these questions, we all agreed that drawing the final product was the hardest out of all of the evaluation stations. 

Thank you to Kaleen for joining us on Tuesday! 

Can’t wait to see what Thursday brings.

And that’s what you missed on Glee Energy-Net.