History institutions—their exhibits, sites, and programs—are emerging as new learning settings for informal science education. In communities where museum-going families have limited access to science centers, historic sites and museums have begun answering the call for highly interactive, informal science experiences. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana, in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota, has developed the NSF funded Create.Connect project, an exhibit and program venue that integrates science activities with the time-and place-specific narratives. Four settings drawn from Indiana history provide context for science exploration in the areas of wind and electrical energy, aeronautics and engineering innovation.
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