The Computer History Museum (CHM) announced today that it has launched an education program to extend its reach within the community. CHM recently expanded its executive team with Lauren Silver as Director of Education to lead the Museum’s education-focused strategy. Silver joins the Museum from the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and brings more than 20 years of educational experience to CHM.
“The Museum is progressing steadily toward the next phases of our ‘Computer History: The First 2,000 Years’ exhibition. The launch of our education program comes at a pivotal time of the exhibition’s development and is a critical element in the Museum’s overall strategy. Lauren will be a great asset in helping us better understand and serve our audiences as we move forward,” said John Hollar, the Museum’s President and CEO.
The primary goal of the education initiative is to promote understanding of the relevance of computer history, as well as to inspire innovation and creativity in people of all ages. The education program will establish partnerships to collaborate with educators and organizations, bringing new audiences to the Museum for lectures, tours, workshops, and other educational events.
“I’m thrilled to join the Computer History Museum at this critical time in its development,” said Silver. “I’m honored to be presented with the opportunity to help build and lead the education program at the Museum.”
Prior to joining CHM, Silver served as Associate Curator for Education at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford since 2001, and previously, she was the Education Specialist for Family Audiences at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Silver’s background also includes more than 20 years of experience teaching in a variety of formal and informal educational settings, as well as educational consulting experience for science, art and children’s museums around the country. Silver holds an AB degree in Psychology and Studio Art from Smith College, Northampton, Mass., and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from University of California, Berkeley.
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Calif., is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.
CHM brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, onsite tours, as well as physical and online exhibits. Current exhibits include “Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2,” “Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess,” “Innovation in the Valley” – a look at Silicon Valley startups – and the unique “Visible Storage Gallery,” featuring over 600 key objects from the collection.
The signature “Computer History: The First 2,000 Years” exhibit will open in late 2010.
For more information, visit www.computerhistory.org or call (650) 810-1010.