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 - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Andrea Jones - The Accokeek Foundation

Anthony Pennay - Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

The primary focus of my work is developing proactive, informed, educated, and conscientious citizens and leaders through working with educators, students, and organizations from across the country. The Annenberg Presidential Learning Center creates curriculum, designs programs for students and teachers, and offers internships and scholarships to outstanding and engaged student leaders. Recent programs include the Great Communicator Debate Series, a national Student Leader Award program, a Summer

Trystan Popish - Museum of Flight

Trystan Popish is a museum educator in Seattle. 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 graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Psychology. Currently, she manages two programs at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. The Air Force One Discovery Center is an immersive, simulation-based field trip program servicing 25,000 students per year. During the summer, she manages the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program for motivated high school students. Both programs seek to increase the leadership capabilities and civic engagement of its student participants.