Past Projects: Central and South Asia

Hacking Space: A Student Exchange to Sustain Life on Earth (2015)

  • Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, California
  • Science City, West Bengal, India

According to the United Nations, the Earth’s population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. This population growth will inevitably impact the ways in which human beings manage resources and adapt to environmental changes. The purpose of this project is to bring together 16 students ages 15-18 in the United States and India to generate potential strategies for environmental sustainability on Earth by focusing on the lessons learned from attempted space travel. Many technologies devised for the purpose of space exploration have been adapted to meet needs on Earth, including medical devices, solar panels and water purification systems, to name a few examples. This project will encourage students in both countries to develop projects focusing on using space travel technology to address sustainability on Earth. Participants will create workshops for museums visitors and a web site to demonstrate the applicability of space travel innovations to addressing the issue of environmental sustainability on our planet.

e-Mammal International (2014)

  • Museo de Paleontologia in Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina

E-mammal International unites 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students in a global-citizen-scientist comparative study in Mexico, India, and North Carolina that will employ camera traps in schools to document animal population sizes, activation patterns, and habitat use and use the results to inform an e-Mammal website accessible to a network of scientists worldwide in order to illuminate universal understanding of biodiversity.

Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights (2012)

  • Corporacion Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi, Santiago, Chile
  • Sri Lanka Plantation Workers' Museum, Paradeka, Sri Lanka
  • The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Fayetteville, New York
  • International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, New York City

Using the unique histories of women's struggles for gender equality and human rights represented by three members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, young women in New York, Chile and Sri Lanka engaged in ongoing virtual and in-person dialogues about gender issues past and present as well as across cultures.

Nuclear Weapons Testing Legacy: The Tale of Two Cultures (2011)

  • Karaganda Ecological Museum, Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • National Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

Students living near former nuclear-testing sites collected oral histories and radiation data, interpreted the lingering effects of the testing and explored how their two very different societies respond to their common challenges.

We, the People: Afghanistan, America & the Minority Imprint (2009)

  • National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A diverse group of high school students from Philadelphia and Afghanistan captured images reflecting their interpretations of concepts such as dissent, freedom and democracy in their countries. The photos turned into an exhibition that highlighted the amazing similarities the students found between citizens of these two very different multiethnic societies.

View the project's online exhibition.

Indo-U.S. Science Center Diversity (2008)

  • National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata, India
  • Science City, Bangalore, India
  • New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York

Museum staff worked together to increase access to science and science-education careers for underrepresented youth in both countries by sharing youth-program best practices and creating new and innovative demonstrations to improve the experiences of young volunteers and audiences.

Promoting Volunteerism in Dushanbe (2008)

  • Dushanbe Zoo, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Black Pine Animal Park, Albion, Indiana

After one of their Tajik pen pals was injured while visiting the Dushanbe Zoo, students in Fort Wayne, Ind. found a nearby sponsor organization, the Black Pine Animal Park, with whom they could work to help the zoo prevent future accidents. Partners developed youth-run volunteer corps to improve the safety of the animal exhibits and provide a more family-friendly visitor experience at both locations.