Science Buzz is an award winning project, recognized by the museum community as a pioneer in the field of science education.
Museums and the Web is an international conference for culture and heritage on-line. At the 2006 Museums and the Web conference, Science Buzz was awarded both Best Innovative or Experimental Application and Best Overall Museum Web Site.
It is a rare occurrence for a project to win multiple awards at this event. The judges comments include:
Everything seems well geared to letting the community take on a life of its own - the museum is just a facilitator/moderator.
I really enjoyed reading comments and discussion about laughter and climate and green house effect. It's good that the museum also understands the importance of a good moderator.
I love how this museum did more than just add a blog, they transformed the whole blog/site experience.
In 2006 Science Buzz was awarded a Golden Apple for its exhibit components on the "Low-Carb Craze," by the Minnesota Diatetic Association.
The Science Buzz exhibit was recognized by an American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA for the project's environmental graphics.
AAM's 2009 Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition jury recognized Gene Dillenburg for his innovative work on Science Buzz's Object of the Month ("A chance encounter, frozen in time"):
"This label is a lovely experience in itself. Visitors might see the tracks on the fossil immediately and the first paragraph asks them to wonder, along with the scientists, what the animals might have been doing. The writing is vivid and manages to explicate the process of fossilization, as well as the process of discovery and analysis, in an immediate way that makes the viewer equal to the scientist in some ways." (Barbara Becker, juror)
"I think the Science Buzz label is worthy on two counts, first for evoking imagination and imagery, and second for inviting visitor participation (hello, museum 2.0)." (Phyllis Rabineau, juror)
AAM's 2011 Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition jury recognized Gene Dillenburg and John Gordon for their writing in our vaccination exhibit (online version at "Science, risk, and vaccines").
"Good introductions attract attention, launch a conversation, elicit curiosity, or set the mood. This label does all of that. It caught my eye with a simple sentence structure and drew me in with clever metaphors. I'd be curious to explore the topic, based just on what I read in this appealing panel." (Cathleen Donnelly, juror)
"It takes confidence to break the rules, and man oh man, does this one break the rules! An exhibit writer actually talking about himself, in the third person no less, as if HE'S the thing being studied, instead of a saber-toothed tiger or a squid! And he writes about himself with such style and panache--"This is Gene" and "(Hi, Mom!)" Such a friendly, self-deprecatory aroma to the words! But underneath lies a purposefulness, a seriousness that hits home to the reader. This is not theoretical, this is you and me, our lives. A truly masterful piece of work, this label--Best in Show, hands down, from a grateful recipient of a polio shot in the 1950s." (Brian H. Peterson, juror)