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David Ucko has devoted his career to creating ground-breaking educational experiences and attractions. He has managed their development from vision to execution—concept and planning through implementation and operation—on small to large scale. Through exhibits, media, shows, publications and entire museums, Ucko has engaged diverse audiences with content from science, technology and health to history and social impact.

Highlights prior to the formation of Museums+more LLC include:

Developed strategic educational niche for national outreach. As first Executive Director for a new National Academy of Sciences museum, Ucko established its direction as "wholesaler" of the best research underlying controversial science-based issues.

Led major educational attraction from conception through operation. As founding President of Science City at Union Station, Ucko spearheaded the decade-long development of this educational attraction, linchpin for the transformation of Kansas City's historic landmark into a $250+ million mixed-use urban entertainment center.

Conceived pioneering "recreational learning" approach. While serving as Kansas City Museum President, Ucko created the Science City concept of engaging visitors in learning adventures by combining hands-on discovery from science centers with immersive environments from theme parks and role-playing characters from theater.

Established new exhibit directions. As Vice President for Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and Deputy Director for the California Museum of Science and Industry (now California Science Center), Ucko produced ground-breaking interactive exhibits such as "My Daughter, the Scientist," "Technology: Chance or Choice?," "Everyday Chemistry," "HealthWorks," and many others.

Created novel learning approaches. As professor at Antioch and CUNY, Ucko published college textbooks and created self-teaching A/V modules to enhance learning.

David Ucko received his Ph.D. from the Mass. Institute of Technology and B.A. from Columbia College, where he was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He has completed the Leadership Development Program of the Center for Creative Leadership.


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