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Connecting People with Collections


About Us

The Learning and Outreach group depends on the many talents of staff and students from the Franz Lab at ASU as well as students from other groups in the School of Life Sciences. Our central mission is in finding ways to educate the public about insects, invertebrates, and biodiversity while promoting scientific literacy. We strive to accomplish this by being “nontraditional” in approach. . . whether via the development of augmented reality  learning applications such as the InsectARium or the new EXPLORium Museum School program. These programs and learning tools aims to engage learners with natural history collections while promoting STEM and other needed literacy skills.

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The EXPLORium Museum School program  (Top) Dr. Nico Franz teaching GED students on use of the microscope. and (bottom) graduate student Ti Eriksson teaching scientific inquiry with his Ant Lab.


(Left to Right)  Dr. Elizabeth Davidson giving an introduction to insects and Dale Snyder teaching students about mollusks and shell taxonomy with Linda Putnum who is the GED instructor currently located at the Southern Rio Salado Adult Learning Center.

More about the program can be found here  Museum School Program

Making Science Accessible Project  

Whether in the K-12 classroom or working with adult literacy students there is a great need for learning  resources and media that can make science accessible to diverse learners.  Go to our MSAP page  where we will feature and preview media and other resources and how you can help make them more accessible!  Media made accessible  will be utilized in our various exhibits, learning resources, and outreach programs.


Outreach in Review 2012

Highlights of programs/events in 2012 can be viewed here!


To view and or book a program for K-12 go here!