Some people aren’t comfortable in big, formal science museums. Others face economic barriers to entry or don’t have such an institution in their community. Luckily, getting involved in science is becoming more and more apt to happen outside a formal setting. Evolving explorations of what it means to be a modern science museum means that many more people are encountering — and participating in — scientific programming, wherever they may be.
Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative whose mission is to unlock scientific thinking by engaging people with the process of science, is now helping some of its grantee partners upend the stereotype of the traditional, staid science museum.