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Sabrina Greupner

Cisco Science Fellow, Innovative Learning Technologies
Ontario Securities Commission
Guest Blogger

Sabrina Greupner is Manager of the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre. In addition to managing daily operations, Ms. Greupner leads a team that produces science communication content for the Science Centre’s online and on-site experiences, including the current science featured in the Weston Family Innovation Centre’s “Hot Zone” and online through the Science Centre’s virtual tour and ScienceNOW content portal.

Ms. Greupner began her career at the Ontario Science Centre in 1983 as a Host, where she discovered her love of communicating and sharing the fun of science with visitors. This inspired her to become a teacher, and after completing studies in modern languages, digital media and photography, she taught for 13 years in Ontario’s secondary school system. In 2001, Ms. Greupner returned to the Ontario Science Centre as a Science Writer/Editor, producing content for exhibitions and the Science Centre’s online offerings.

In 2003, she was the lead content developer of the award-winning, produced collaboratively with the Materials Research Society and the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the Ontario Science Centre’s Strange Matter exhibition.

In 2005, Ms. Greupner joined the Ontario Science Centre's $47-million "Agents of Change" renewal initiative, working with outside contractors to develop the VCMS (Venue Content Management System) that drives the digital experiences in the Weston Family Innovation Centre. She collaborated on the planning, development and production of content for over 60 high-tech interactive experiences designed to encourage young people to explore the boundaries of science and technology. With more than 80 digital display devices fed by a network of computers, the system continues to provide the regularly updated current science content that visitors see on our floor and online every day.

After taking on the role of Manager of the Weston Family Innovation Centre in 2007, Ms. Greupner has pursued her keen interest in the potential for new interactive technologies to engage the public, especially young people, in a dialogue about science. She also administers the annual Weston Youth Innovation Award, which recognizes young, outstanding innovators who use science and technology to tackle real-world problems. Currently, Ms. Greupner is working with staff to prototype and evaluate the use of Augmented Reality experiences as a complement to the physical experiences in the Weston Family Innovation Centre. She is also the first ever museum-based Cisco Science Fellow for Innovative Learning Technologies where she will act as liaison between both organizations to connect the Centre’s strategic goals and long-range vision to enhance the Centre’s Science Education activities and general visitor programs.