Museum Discovery Institute: Girls Designing in Cyberspace

Suzanne Kolodziej, Margaret Corbit, Jennifer Wofford


In 2007, Cornell University piloted the Museum Discovery Institute (MDI), adding a new dimension to its commitment to educational outreach. The pilot program was aligned with the Girl Scouts’ National GirLink Initiative and its Museum Discovery badge requirements, in response to the organization’s initiative focused on girls and technology. Students visited bricks and mortar museums on Cornell University’s campus and designed and created their own 3D virtual exhibits in response to their learning experience during the museum visits. In this case study, we will describe and contextualize the framework of the educational experiences integrated into the Museum Discovery Institute as a reference resource for museum education professionals and classroom educators.


museum, design, Active Worlds, education

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