Portal to the Public Network

Mayborn Museum

Portal to the Public Network

What is the Portal to the Public Network?

Portal to the Public is a program for science professionals which is facilitated by the Mayborn Museum on Baylor University’s Campus. The workshop consists of two sessions of professional development and an opportunity for participants to share their current research at the museum before a live audience. The goal of the workshop is to (1) equip scientists with the skills to communicate their knowledge with the community and (2) facilitate opportunities for the community to interact with local scientists regarding their cutting edge research.

Our society depends on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals, but there are not enough new professionals to replace those retiring from the field. To increase interest in STEM, children need meaningful experiences early on to encourage them to become innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow. In Portal to the Public, experts are given the support and opportunities they need to be successful. University faculty, students, and STEM professionals in the Waco community and surrounding areas are invited to participate in professional development which includes inquiry skills along with communication skills in face-to-face interactions with the public.                                         

Please contact Nancy Minter for more information.


Previous presentations at the Mayborn Museum included:

  • Water Quality Testing on the Brazos River
  • Sic’Em Science Days
  • Origins of Humans
  • Master Gardeners
  • Leave No Trace Behind – Camping Skills
  • Life on the Chisholm Trail
  • Brain Awareness
  • Environmental Science – Keeping Waco Water Healthy

Future presentations at the Mayborn Museum will be:

  • Drop Towers and Gravity
  • Climate Change
  • Our Earth
  • How Engineers Make a Difference in Our Lives

Please check on website for dates and times.

If you would like more information about connecting to the Portal to the Public at the Mayborn Museum, check out this fact sheet.

•Baylor's environmental scientists give presentation on water pollution

•Fingerprinting activities at the Mayborn Museum with Sergeant Jim Huggins M.A.

•Dr. Bessie Kebaara presents research on the human brain