Science Buzz is both a website and a library of digital and traditional exhibit components focused on science in the news, emerging research, and seasonal science that started at the Science Museum of Minnesota in 2003.

Science is an essential literacy. You might not ever need to create a recombinant vaccine or a clone, manipulate quantum dots, or generate a stem cell line, but you're asked to make sense of issues surrounding those techniques and products with every election, trip to the grocery store, or visit to the doctor's office. Every day, you probably read or hear news stories that leave you wondering "why?" or "how come?" Getting answers to questions can be frustrating and confusing. (Even articulating a question can be hard.) But it can also be fascinating. And Science Buzz is a way to dig deeper into science headlines and share questions and concerns with scientists, museum staff, and other visitors.

Science Buzz was the recipient of the Best Overall Museum Website and Best Innovative or Experimental Application awards at the Best of the Web Conference in 2006. Science Buzz also received two Excellence In Label Writing awards at the 2011 meeting of the American Association of Museums.

NSF Science Buzz was developed with support from the National Science Foundation. Learn More

Visit the Science Buzz website.

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Level 5
Level 5
Focused on science in the news, emerging research, and phenology, multiple-award-winning Science Buzz is both a website and an exhibit that blends new digital technologies with traditional museum displays and interactive experiences.

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Level 3
Level 3
Focused on science in the news, emerging research, and phenology, multiple-award-winning Science Buzz is both a website and an exhibit that blends new digital technologies with traditional museum displays and interactive experiences.

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Kiosk
Kiosk
Buzz kiosks can feature almost any content with minimal lead time. They are substantial, yet portable, and require only power and a data drop/wireless access to run.

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Newscast
Newscast
You're on the air with SBZ TV! Sit at a news desk, in front of a camera and teleprompter, and go "live" with a current science news story.

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Quiz show
Quiz show
How much do you know about the science in the news? Show your stuff as you compete with two other visitors to answer questions about a variety of current science issues.

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Scientist on the spot
Scientist on the spot
It happens to everyone: you hear or read a science story in the news, and you're left with more questions than answers. Now you can feature a researcher and get answers to those burning questions.

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Make-it
Make-it
An activity table for unfacilitated, open-ended, hands-on "Make-it" activities can be added to a Buzz kiosk.

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Website
Website
Inquiring minds want to know—now!—and this award-winning website is the heart of the Science Buzz experience. Through the website, developers create content and feed it instantly to components on the exhibit floor.
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