What I'm Up To
I had so much fun with the STEM Pro Live! team from the Maricopa County Educational Services Agency (McESA), who approached my museum, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), to shoot a webisode on-site featuring someone whose job involves science. My background is in science – Biological Sciences – and my previous jobs in informal education have been science-focused. When I took my current position at MIM, I was tasked with building on our existing “Science of Sound” materials. Fast forward a couple of years and I’ve since created, piloted, and implemented a comprehensive STEM + Music program that includes field trips for grades 3-8, online educator resources for grades 3-8 to complement the pre-existing MS/HS set, as well as professional development for teachers.
The webisode streamed live at the end of January to 60 or so preregistered classrooms and now lives on their website for teachers to access anytime. It was fun and slightly outside of my comfort zone – since it was prerecorded and (sort of) scripted. The live portion was also so early in the morning, I saw the sunrise for the first time since the 1990s.
Thoughts I had while working on my webisode of STEM Pro Live!:
And finally. . .
Niki Cuccinotto is the Museum Guide & Curriculum Coordinator at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. She also volunteers at Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation in Scottsdale, as well as the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. She is active in the Greater Phoenix Emerging Museum Professionals as well as the Museum Association of Arizona. She is also a professional member of the American Alliance of Museums.