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A new entrepreneurial mindset is necessary in schools across the country, combining with a new concept of Maker Curriculum to reimagine schools for this century. Informing this reinvention are the leaders of “informal education,” the museums and cultural institutions which have learned to grab the attention of learners in real life situations.
Eric Siegel, Director and Chief Content Officer at the New York Hall of Science, leads one of the world's premier Maker Education sites. NYSCI has become a center of the transformation of education, not just through its hosting of the World Maker Fair each autumn, and not just through its MakerSpace, but through aggressive efforts to work with public schools to re-define both classroom spaces and classroom pedagogy.
Eric has led exhibit design at the New York Hall of Science - New York's leading Science Museum in America's most diverse neighborhood - for the last 15 years, where he has introduced maker-style exhibits and workshops. He has been a true leader of the Maker Movement helping to move informal science education from static displays and passive learning to a fully interactive, fully communal experience.
Eric has been in senior roles in art and science museums for 25 years and has consulted and published extensively in the museum field. The President of the National Association for Museum Exhibitions; on the graduate faculty of the New York University Museums Studies graduate program; Board Member of SolarOne, an urban environmental organization in NYC; and past Chairman of the Museums Council of New York City. Eric graduated from the CORO Leadership New York program, and holds an MBA in arts administration from SUNY Binghamton.