Director’s Update – Spring 2017
Once again, thanks to the leadership of our indefatigable science educator, Marcus Wojtkowiak, the Randall Museum is producing the San Francisco Middle School Science Fair. The Fair is open to all public, independent, parochial, and home schools in San Francisco. This will be the 35th consecutive year that the Randall has organized this event. The Fair will run from February 20th to the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 25th. This year, because of our renovation project, we are partnering with the San Francisco Zoo to host the event at their Education Center. Over 4,300 students from 28 schools compete to participate and the top 150 projects, in three scientific categories, will be displayed.
We are delighted that the Recreation and Parks Department and the Randall Museum can provide this critical support to science education in San Francisco schools. When the Randall reopens after renovation, we expect to add new hands-on learning opportunities in science and technology at our new maker space called “The Garage.” The Garage will be a fully equipped digital design and fabrication lab that will allow children and adults to work with 3-D printers, computer controlled milling machines, miniaturized logic circuits, and many other advanced tools. Our hope is to expand this new program through school field trips as well as mobile outreach to different facilities and after-school programs within the Recreation and Parks department.
We are keenly aware that access to these critical learning opportunities are not evenly distributed throughout our community. Our intention is to make every effort to pay special attention to underserved neighborhoods, with field trips to the Randall or with mobile extensions of our maker-space programs.
Finally, during this time of renewal, the Randall Museum Friends and our staff have been working to enhance our social media profile. We are improving the website, and posting on many social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We invite you to join the discussion!
Randall Museum Director