KEITH OSTFELD

Director of Educational Technology and Exhibit Development

Children’s Museum of Houston

Keith Ostfeld is the Director of Educational Technology and Exhibit Development for the Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH). Originally a high school and middle school Biology and Integrated Physics and Chemistry teacher for 7 years, Keith joined CMH in 2001 as the Science Educator. In his time at CMH, Keith has led the development of many of CMH’s exhibits and related programming. For the past three years, in his alter-ego “Mr. O,” he has produced over 100 “O Wow Moment” STEM-related videos available through the CMH blog (www.cmhoustonblog.org).  Most recently, his interest has been in the blending of multimedia and mobile technology with hands-on exhibit experiences to provide deeper and more customizable experiences for CMH visitors. The 21-Tech project (www.21-Tech.org) has developed a training program that teaches frontline facilitators how to utilize adapted 3rd party apps and other digital media (videos, images, etc.) to enhance and improve visitor experiences. The Instructables: Made In Your Mind exhibit created multimedia touchscreen interfaces for children to use as they developed their Maker skills while building up to 48 different projects, all of which are being placed onto the Instructables website (http://www.instructables.com/member/Childrens+Museum+of+Houston/).

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