A Visit from the Smithsonian

A delegation of executives from the Smithsonian visits the IKS Titan

A delegation of executives from the Smithsonian visits the IKS Titan

Yesterday we had the honor of hosting a group of executives from the Smithsonian at the IKS Titan.  They were very impressed by what they saw and asked many very good questions.  The guest list included:

  • Claudine K. Brown, Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, The Smithsonian Institution
  • Jane Lipton Cafritz, Chairman and CEO, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
  • Trisha Edward, Education Specialist, Lemelson Center
  • Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Dr. Kim Kiehl, Executive Director, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
  • Caroline Payson, Director of Education, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

But this guest list wasn’t the only impressive thing—we had a rockstar group of GATE students from Shaler Area Elementary present the Titan, their experiences in it, and how it’s impacted their educational experience.  They did a fantastic job and really made the Smithsonian’s visit a powerful one.

We greatly enjoyed the Smithsonian’s visit and welcome them back any time.  Perhaps next time we’ll have enough time to put them through a full mission.  How do you think they’ll do?  They’re a pretty sharp bunch!


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