SMGE will not only provide a novel platform from which to catalyze international collaborations between scientists and educators, but it will also provide fertile ground for a professional research study by a highly-regarded practitioner of social network analysis. The researcher will examine and measure the international network’s social dynamics throughout the course of the project and impart gained assessments throughout the project to help guide the efficacy of shared purpose.
Such research and evaluation of SMGE will provide lessons-learned knowledge about skills in building sustainable international networks that will be applicable across many disciplines in education and business communities.
MRS’s past experience with Strange Matter illuminated the power of a traveling science center exhibition. SMGE seeks to expand upon this exhibition paradigm to create a new international collaborative— one that nucleates local researcher/educator partnerships to educate students and the general public about a global issue while espousing “glocalism” that incorporates and highlights regional resources, local cultures and formal and informal educational networks.
Expanding to an international scale on both the research and educational fronts will cultivate new interactions, create new synergies and foster new learning about how scientists and educators can work together for research purposes and communicate the international nature of today’s scientific endeavors to diverse audiences.