Portal to the Public Network

Mayborn Museum

Portal to the Public Network

About Portal to the Public

Portal to the Public is a collaborative effort by Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex and Baylor University science departments to engage community audiences with current scientific research.

Portal to the Public volunteers at Baylor University are part of a broader Portal to the Public Network of practitioners funded by National Science Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services and facilitated by Institute for Learning Innovation.

Benefits of Portal to the Public

  • Enhance your ability to share your scientific research through hands-on activities that engage audiences of all ages
  • Learn the five foundational ideas of informal learning
  • Develop understanding of how informal audiences learn through inquiry
  • Learn questioning and communication strategies to engage a public audience
  • Use Portal to the Public engagement opportunities to strengthen national grant proposals

Portal to the Public Requirements

  • Attend one half-day professional development workshop
  • Work individually or with a team to develop a hands-on activity related to your research
  • Volunteer at two public engagement events per semester under the guidance of Mayborn Museum staff

Public Engagement Events

Portal to the Public volunteers are encouraged to volunteer for two public engagement events per semester. Public Engagement events connect scientists with museum guests to educate and spark interest in various fields of science. Events may include Meet the Scientists, or special emphasis events such as Explore Engineering, Fossil Day, and more.

Meet the Scientists events occur bi-weekly during the school year. Portal to the Public volunteers can engage museum guests with a hands-on activity about their current research. Meet the Scientists is a chance for visitors to ask questions, learn how scientists reached their current job position, learn how current science is relevant to everyone, or even help scientists with their research.

Portal to the Public works with Baylor science departments to put on emphasis events to celebrate different areas of scientific research. Emphasis events include Sic ‘em Science Day, Explore Engineering, World Water Day, Brain Awareness Day, Fossil Day, and more.

Please check our events calendar for future Portal to the Public events.