Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Colleen Popson

Colleen Popson is the Experience Design Manager in the Office of Education, Outreach and Visitor Services at the National Museum of Natural History. She designs and facilitates activities and programs, working to broaden participation in and deepen the impact of informal STEM experiences. A former archaeologist, Colleen also specializes in anthropology education, helping audiences share and discover the exciting diversity of ways humans have solved problems and interacted with each other and their environment.

At the Smithsonian, educators have used the pedagogy of game-based learning to create innovative programs and activities that open the door to vast content and collections for learners of all ages. (National Museum of Natural History)

Changing the Game with Game-Based Learning

Learn how museum educators at the Smithsonian are going all in with game mechanics for learning and embracing the playful, experimental side of education through the structure of familiar games.