at the National Postal
       Museum
• The Ford Education Center
  consists of five new and
  engaging interactive touch
  screens on the National Postal
  Mus...
Overview
•   Goals
•   Brief History
•   Mission
•   Audiences
•   Features
• Goals:

• To provide on-site access to the digitized museum
  collection

• Create a space in the museum where
   – post...
• Brief History

    • 2002: the Ford Motor Company donated $1.5 to
      NPM’s Education Department in part to create an
...
• May 2006: the National Postal Museum launched
  Arago™, its new website
 Arago is dedicated to providing on-line access ...
Missions
• Reinforce the Museum experience

    • A place where the museum comes together thematically

    • Offers conte...
Missions
• Extend the Museum experience beyond visit

     • Ensures that visitors recognize the Arago & web-site
       H...
Audiences
• Primary Audience
  – Families
• Secondary Audience
  – First time visitors
  – Curious museum guests
  – Other...
Features
0.0 Home screen
Goal: orient museum guests
1.0 Virtual Vault
Goal: Get a mediated access to Arago
2.0 Timelines of Postal History
Goal: Recognize the progression of events by
    making connections between postal and
   ...
3.0 Museum’s Must Sees
Goal: Have a deeper understanding of 15 “hit”
    objects on display in the galleries
4.0 Matching Game
Goal: Engage with the museum themes by
    matching pairs and identifying topical groupings
    of objec...
5.0 All Aboard to Sort the Mail
Goal: Experience the challenge of sorting the mail
    on board of a moving train
6.0 The ABCs of Stamp Collecting
Goal: Be introduced to the basics tools and
    methods of philately
7.0 Museum FAQs
Goal: Direct educators, including parents, to
    resources directly applicable to their museum
    visit ...
8.0 Speak Out!
Goal: Give feedback and qualitative information
    about the Ford Education Center’s experience
9.0 Welcome to the Postal Museum
Goal: Introduce hearing impaired and Spanish
    speakers to the museum themes and galler...
Schedule
Time frame
July - Sept Nov - Jan - Mar - May - July - Sept
 Aug - Oct Dec Feb Apr June Aug - Oct
  07    07   07    08    ...
Next Steps

 Summative evaluation during spring
  2009
 Publish results from summative in the
  summer-fall of 2009
Budget
• Our final budget was just under $200,000

• We went over on a couple of details
  because NPM raised its demands ...
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In October 2008, the National Postal Museum re-opened the Ford Education Center with new interactives and a fresh exhibition face-lift.

Each of the five (5) kiosks offer new and engaging interactives and give portal access to sections of the museum’s website including Arago, the award-winning web-site that gives digital access to the museum’s collections.

The center is designed to be a place where the museum themes of philately and postal history come together. It allows visitors to access museum content through varied media and experiences and provide a welcome environment for them to take a break! Using the Ford Education Center should also help visitors realize the value and depth of our website and onsite resources.

The Ford Education Center was made possible by a 10-year grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. This grant established a long-term educational partnership with the National Postal Museum.

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The Ford Education Center

  1. 1. at the National Postal Museum
  2. 2. • The Ford Education Center consists of five new and engaging interactive touch screens on the National Postal Museum’s floor. • It allows visitors to access museum content through varied media and experiences and provide a welcome environment for them to take a break! • Using the Ford Education Center should also help visitors realize the value and depth of our website and onsite resources.
  3. 3. Overview • Goals • Brief History • Mission • Audiences • Features
  4. 4. • Goals: • To provide on-site access to the digitized museum collection • Create a space in the museum where – postal & philatelic themes come together, – and web-site & gallery experience come together
  5. 5. • Brief History • 2002: the Ford Motor Company donated $1.5 to NPM’s Education Department in part to create an exhibition in the museum atrium • 2003: Opening of the Ford Education Center (version 1.0)
  6. 6. • May 2006: the National Postal Museum launched Arago™, its new website Arago is dedicated to providing on-line access to the vast collections and treasures of the National Postal Museum. This award-winning website is a gateway to treasures on display and behind-the-scenes. www.arago.si.edu • 2007-08: integrate Arago and the Ford Education Center to better serve our museum visitors’ access to digitized collections
  7. 7. Missions • Reinforce the Museum experience • A place where the museum comes together thematically • Offers content through varied media & experience • Provides a welcome environment, as a break during museum exploration • Facilitates visitor interaction between the galleries and the Ford Education Center • Encourages interaction within a group of visitors • Use Arago to access the museums collections and digital assets directly and through mediated interface
  8. 8. Missions • Extend the Museum experience beyond visit • Ensures that visitors recognize the Arago & web-site Highlights extend to their homes & schools • Engages a dialog with the visitors. Personalize the museum experience.
  9. 9. Audiences • Primary Audience – Families • Secondary Audience – First time visitors – Curious museum guests – Other People Motivation
  10. 10. Features
  11. 11. 0.0 Home screen Goal: orient museum guests
  12. 12. 1.0 Virtual Vault Goal: Get a mediated access to Arago
  13. 13. 2.0 Timelines of Postal History Goal: Recognize the progression of events by making connections between postal and philatelic themes
  14. 14. 3.0 Museum’s Must Sees Goal: Have a deeper understanding of 15 “hit” objects on display in the galleries
  15. 15. 4.0 Matching Game Goal: Engage with the museum themes by matching pairs and identifying topical groupings of objects
  16. 16. 5.0 All Aboard to Sort the Mail Goal: Experience the challenge of sorting the mail on board of a moving train
  17. 17. 6.0 The ABCs of Stamp Collecting Goal: Be introduced to the basics tools and methods of philately
  18. 18. 7.0 Museum FAQs Goal: Direct educators, including parents, to resources directly applicable to their museum visit agenda
  19. 19. 8.0 Speak Out! Goal: Give feedback and qualitative information about the Ford Education Center’s experience
  20. 20. 9.0 Welcome to the Postal Museum Goal: Introduce hearing impaired and Spanish speakers to the museum themes and galleries
  21. 21. Schedule
  22. 22. Time frame July - Sept Nov - Jan - Mar - May - July - Sept Aug - Oct Dec Feb Apr June Aug - Oct 07 07 07 08 08 08 08 08 Planning Kick-Off Executing 90% Testing Opening
  23. 23. Next Steps  Summative evaluation during spring 2009  Publish results from summative in the summer-fall of 2009
  24. 24. Budget • Our final budget was just under $200,000 • We went over on a couple of details because NPM raised its demands on contractor and accepted to go out of scope

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