Evolving the Museum Experience

STEAM Learning

Human Centered Design to Inspire Creative Community-based Solutions

Project Description

In collaboration with Oregon MESA, we used Human Centered Design (HCD) methods to develop design challenges/exhibits that are relevant for youth and their families, and align with the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development. These design challenges provide museum visitors with an opportunity to exercise 21st Century Skills to address real world problems.

This project allowed us to grow in our HCD knowledge and strengthened our collaboration skills. We documented the process and created a Design Challenge & Partnership Playbook to guide us in building future partnerships.


Oregon MESA


Nelda Reyes, Principal at AB Cultural Drivers.

Vivek Shandas, Professor of Climate Adaptations and Director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab at Portland State University

Cynthia Valdivia, Assistant Public Information Officer, Washington County Medical Reserve Corps Unit Coordinator


IMLS LogoThis project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under Grant No.  MA-10-18-0388-18. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website) do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.