Museum Simulations and Building 21st-Century Skills
Education and Interpretation
The Conference Center  Monday, May 19  8:45-10 a.m.     101 
Simulation learning fosters critical thinking, collaboration, innovation and communication while allowing museum visitors to authentically engage with museum content. This session examines simulations in a diverse set of contexts: both on and off site, and from zero to blockbuster budgets.

Session Format :    Idea Forum

Learner Outcomes

Gina Hall - Smith College Museum of Art

Andrea Jones - The Accokeek Foundation

Andrea is an award-winning museum educator specializing in designing simulations, immersive experiences, and participatory learning programs using museum theatre. She is Director of Programs and Visitor Engagement at Accokeek Foundation in Maryland, where she creates participant-centered programming around topics that integrate the study of history and the environmental science.

Anthony Pennay - Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Anthony Pennay is Chair-Elect of the EdCom Professional Network & Director, Walter & Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

Trystan Popish - Museum of Flight

Trystan Popish is a museum educator in Colorado. Among her many experiences, she has taught children how to fly (simulated) airplanes at the Museum of Flight, helped families learn about Native cultures at the National Museum of the American Indian, and led a team of spies through Khandar on a secret mission at the International Spy Museum.

Alissa Whiteley - Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Alissa Whiteley has worked in the field of education for eleven years, and transitioned to the museum world in 2010. Housed within the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Alissa manages The Air Force One Discovery Center, servicing 25,000 students each school year and the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program, servicing 200 high school students during the summer months. Both programs are aimed at building the civic engagement and leadership skills of its student participants.