STEM to STEAM—Adding Creativity to the Formula

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Mike Hulslander grew up in Illinois questioning everything (including his devotion to the Chicago Cubs), thus his love of science and trying to explain the physical world around him.

Mike has worked in the science education field for more than 25 years researching, creating, presenting, and evaluating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs, exhibitions, and websites. His career started early as a part-time high school educator at Niabi Park Zoo in Coal Valley, IL. and continued through most of his adult life with stints in education departments at Busch Gardens Zoological Park in Florida, the Museum of Science & Industry, the Orlando Science Center, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Mike is currently Manager of Onsite Learning at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, one of the world’s most visited museums. As Manager of Onsite Learning, he is responsible for science education and the Museum’s learning centers—the How Things Fly gallery and the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory—as well as the Museum’s youth program—the Explainers. Some of his best known projects at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum include the complete redesign of the How Things Fly exhibition and its accompanying website, which won an award from the American Alliance of Museums for “Online Presence.” Mike is also an adjunct faculty member at the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and serves on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program national review board selecting student experiments for flight onboard the International Space Station.

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    Using color throughout the body of a 747 in the How Things Fly gallery to illustrate air pressure changes throughout flight is a simple and very cool idea.

    Ralston Vaz • December 18, 2014