Ucko has devoted his career to creating ground-breaking
educational experiences and attractions. He has managed
their development from vision to executionconcept
and planning through implementation and operationon
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
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
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,"
Chance or Choice?," "Everyday
Chemistry," "HealthWorks," and many
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
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