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.

Future presentations at the Mayborn Museum will be:

  • Women in STEM - Exhibit is on display in the Chariot Hallway
  • Drop Towers and Microgravity
  • Climate Change - Dr. Dan Peppe, Geoscientist at Baylor University presentations on October 12, 2017 at 10:30 and 2:00
  • Our Earth - Presentation by Sharon Browning, M.A., Geosciences, on October 13, 2017 from 10:00-12:00
  • How Engineers Make a Difference in Our Lives
  • Baja Buggy - Exhibit is on display in the Rotunda until October 6th, 2017
  • Liquid Fuel Injection in Engines 
  • Recreation and Survival Skills - Dr. Kelli McMahan, Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University presenting Outdoor Survival Skills on November 15th and 17th from 12:00- 3:00 in the Bill and Vera Historic Village at the Mayborn Museum
  • Nanotechnology and Optics 

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

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