Directory of Science and Technology Centers Around the World
The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) offers links to about 350 science and technology centers with exhibits for students around the world. It includes information about education programs, outreach and associated opportunities for camps and theater.
The site includes guidelines for maximizing educational opportunities when visiting a museum and a good bibliography of background books. Some information might be worth circulating among your student families.
This ASTC page lists science centers around the globe.
How does a science center, say in India, differ from one in the U.S.?
Museum Stuff includes is another worldwide guide to museums online. They track 1,000's of museums, organizing them by region and collection types.
Their index topics include: ancient art, 19th century history, archaeology, ceramics, architecture, Asian art, contemporary art, historical societies, prehistoric art, zoos, railroading, presidential, living history, medical, American history, folk art ... you get the idea.
Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide tracks interactive science museums from five continents. The links are not always current, but it provides a quick view into the wide variety of museums worldwide.
The mission of the Center for Informal Learning in Schools (CILS) is to research, collaboratively design, and advocate for inquiry-based learning. They want to broaden conceptions of learning by designing and studying experiences that focus on play, investigation, creativity, iteration, questioning, and meaning making.
CILS, part of the Exporatorium, is co-designing equity-oriented learning environments, conducting research on STEM-rich learning, and creating resources to share with the field.
For a virtual 'zine about museums all over the world try GlobalMuseum.