Podcast: IVC at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History : Fizzics Education


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Podcast: IVC at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Podcast: IVC at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History


We chat with Lee Gambol, an extraordinary science educator and Distance Learning Coordinator for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Their interactive virtual learning programs are fantastic and we get to hear some of Lee’s thoughts on how to make distance learning classes both authentic and engaging.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Lee Gambol

Lee Gambol graduated with a B.A. from Hiram College in the early 1990s, where she studied Theatre Arts and Biology.  Since then, she’s held many jobs combining these two passions: Children’s Theatre Actor, SeaWorld of Ohio Educator, Mr. Wizard travelling performer, Great Lakes Science Center Public Programs teacher, animal hospital vet tech, and HealthSpace Cleveland health educator, to name a few. As a 5-yr old visitor to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, she told her father, “I’m going to work here someday,” and now she does!  As the museum’s Distance Learning Coordinator, Lee develops and has delivered interactive video conference science programs to all 50 states, and 15 countries.

About the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Front entrance of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History makes science relatable by cultivating curiosity! When you visit the Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deep into the past in the dinosaur hall, discover the outer reaches of the Universe in the Shafran Planetarium and experience natural wonders in outdoor galleries. Children can experience hands-on learning in Smead Discovery Center, where the motto is “please touch!”. Travelling exhibits bring the world to Cleveland with an ever-changing variety of new subjects to explore as well plus you can experience world-class virtual learning programs.

Further Links

For their regular IVC programs:  https://www.cmnh.org/learn/school-programs/interactive-video-conference

For their summer ‘Cyber Camps’: https://www.cmnh.org/learn/summer-camps

Visiting the Cleveland Museum of Natural History during a Churchill Fellowship

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It’s not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it’s about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

Hosted by Ben Newsome

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