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Spiral staircase in an office atriumIn 2020, museums are vibrant places that constantly experiment with new ways to use their collections to enhance learning. With technologies such as augmented reality, sensors and 3D printers, museums provide students with an immersive learning experience on topics including history and science, while also teaching skills such as teamwork. Museums and other public spaces act as equalizers, giving everyone access to the same learning resources and technology.


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Educators at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum have been introducing New York City schoolchildren to how designers approach problem solving—through open minds, teamwork and with an appreciation for detail. The program has been so well received it is being expanded nationally, training teachers from across the United States to deliver the workshops themselves.

Source: “Trendswatch 2013: Back to the Future,” American Alliance of Museums,