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The Craig Public Library is located on the western edge Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. The library prides itself in demonstrating how “remote” doesn’t mean “isolated.” Started in 1935 with the donation of 300 books, the library will celebrate 80 years of service in 2015. Encouraging a lifelong love of reading and fostering curiosity and creativity are fundamental to the library’s core mission. The staff strives to provide programming, educational support, and resources to enrich lives across Prince of Wales Island, and, as technology extends patrons’ spheres of influence, beyond
The Los Angeles Public Library was selected for its success in meeting the needs of Angelenos and providing a high level of social, educational and cultural services. The award recognizes the library’s programs that help people on their path to citizenship, earn their high school diploma, manage their personal finances and access health and well-being services and resources, among others.
Located at the head of the Chesapeake Bay, Cecil County Public Library is making a critical difference in education, workforce, and economic development by implementing its mission to provide access to educational and cultural resources for all and promote individual and community success.CCPL staff members are innovative educators who proactively address community challenges and opportunities. The library’s targeted outreach to lower-income families prevents summer learning loss. CCPL’s Small Business Information Center connects aspiring entrepreneurs to local networks and specialized classes empower veterans to transition to successful civilian lives.
Embudo Valley Library was founded in 1992 in a rented room with volunteer librarians. Twenty-three years later, the library proudly serves the community in a new, state-of-the-art facility providing public library service, four youth literacy programs, and cultural and economic development opportunities. The library operates a community center and is home to KLDK-LP FM, an all-volunteer low power FM community radio station. It serves communities from Velarde to Vadito, New Mexico, a population base of roughly 8,500 people. In 2014, there were 17,507 patron visits to the library.
The Schomburg Center is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem's cultural life, the Center also functions as the national research library in the field, providing free access to its wide-ranging noncirculating collections. It also sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture. The Schomburg Center contains over 10 million items and provides services and programs for constituents from the United States and abroad. In 2015, the Schomburg Center will be celebrating its 90th anniversary year.
Amazement Square is a hands-on museum with a focus on creating unique learning experiences with lasting impacts on the lives of children and their families, sparking their imaginations, creativity and curiosity. Since opening in 2001, the museum has become a regional resource for education and cultural enrichment. They offer interactive and engaging exhibitions, school programs that bring the SOLs to life, imaginative interpretive programs and workshops, hands-on outreach activities, cultural festivals and annual events. Their investment in downtown revitalization supports the surrounding community.
The Louisiana Children’s Museum offers 30,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and educational programs that encourage learning through play. Beyond its big blue doors, the Museum is working to build a stronger community by fostering the healthy development of children and strengthening the connections between the child and the family, and the child and the community. Louisiana Children’s Museum community programs such as Play Power, Word Play, Literacy Pathways, Family Camp and Sensory Friendly Learning focus on early childhood development, resiliency building, family literacy, parenting and other critical life skills.
The Museum of Northern Arizona impacts its community in various ways: offering enriching programs for all children through its Discovery Program, launching a Navajo language summer camp for Diné youth, providing forums that foster dialogue about critical community issues and the future of the region, celebrating the diversity of regional cultures through Heritage Festivals, and by offering a rich variety of exhibitions and public programs.
NYSCI was founded at the 1964–65 World's Fair and has evolved into New York’s center for interactive science, serving a half million students, teachers and families each year. NYSCI offers exhibits and programs designed to deepen visitor engagement and inspire youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Significant projects include NYSCI Neighbors, a multifaceted initiative that engages more than 16,000 local participants, and the Science Career Ladder, a program that employs high school and college students to engage visitors on the museum’s floor.
The Tech Museum of Innovation invites visitors of any age to solve problems using technology and design-challenge learning that will inspire the innovator in everyone. Signature programs include The Tech Challenge, an annual youth engineering-design competition where students tackle a real-world problems, and The Tech Awards, a global program honoring innovators who use technology to benefit humanity. Visitors can build a robot, measure their own brain activity, feel an earthquake, or tinker with familiar objects to imagine new and creative solutions to engineering challenges.
The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) will partner with the AmeriCorps VISTA program to establish the ASTC VISTA Volunteer Community STEM Initiative. The program is designed to strengthen local networks of community-based STEM programs and to offer new youth development activities specifically targeted at inspiring a future STEM workforce. AmeriCorps VISTA members will be placed in strategically selected science centers and museums to serve as coordinators and facilitators of these community-based activities. The seven science centers and museums involved in the project are Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA; Discovery Cube, Los Angeles, CA; Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA; Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA; California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA; New York Hall of Science, Queen, NY; and Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI.
Natural History museums have identified a need to transform their traditional spaces into vital forces for science education. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will implement “Seeing as a Scientist,” a design-based research initiative to develop and test gallery interventions that have the potential to increase scientific observation skills for family groups. Working with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE), CMNH will pilot a series of quick changes and additions to dioramas and outline expectations for each. Visitors will be observed to measure the degree of engagement in scientific observation (deliberate looking in order to understand visual evidence)--an essential skill for learning across scientific disciplines. The four most promising interventions will be evaluated to determine which are most successful in providing the necessary support for families to establish shared focus and two-way, science-based conversation. The project will include a blog to share information and to disseminate the results to other museums.
The UC Davis Arboretum will address the challenge of effectively managing increasingly complex museum projects that involve multiple teams, communities and outside partners through a project to rapidly prototype, test, and evaluate the use of low-cost cloud-based collaborative tools that can help museum staff reduce the stress of managing their inboxes while improving efficiency and effectiveness. Museums across the U.S. are in the midst of transforming their institutions to support 21st century skills, yet their own back of house operations often rely on outdated technical tools; many museums still use email as the primary tool for managing tasks, collaborating on documents, making and tracking group decisions, coordinating schedules, communicating ideas and idea development, and for overall project management. Although individual museums will need to devise their own strategic approach to collaborating online, UC Davis will produce a roadmap and white paper as a valuable resource to guide the museum field along the first steps toward replacing emails with online collaborative workspaces.
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture will hire an education associate to help build the organization’s staff capacity in order to sustain, expand, and enrich interpretive, educational, and its community engagement programs. The newly hired education associate will develop visitor-centered interpretive programs using the museum’s collections and exhibition scholarship, as well as manage educational programs for adults and children based on the art and culture of people of African descent. An evaluation consultant will help identify the museum’s audiences, assess current programs, and incorporate evaluative systems into new initiatives to inform program development and decision-making.
The Amistad Research Center will hire a project archivist to process 15 archival collections highlighting the accomplishments of African Americans in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professions. An inventory of the collections will be created and selected materials emphasizing multigenerational African American achievement in STEM professions will be digitized to improve public access. Highlights of the collection will be shared through social media and Amistad’s blog. The project supports the Amistad Research Center’s role as a repository of collections documenting African Americans in STEM professions while providing an emerging archivist valuable experience in the evaluation, organization, preservation, and description of complex archival collections.
The California African American Museum (CAAM) will redesign its hands-on learning exhibition, the Gallery of Discovery, publish a curriculum aligned with California state standards, and provide on-site professional development workshops and in-class support to a network of teachers from local schools. To accomplish these objectives, CAAM will hire an education consultant and increase the hours of its outreach coordinator. These two positions will work in collaboration to identify the needs of the target schools and recruit teachers and students for CAAM’s Education Expanded! Initiative. The project will increase access to arts and culture programming for students and their teachers through on-site programming and off-site learning experiences. Project activities will address the disparity of access to arts and cultural opportunities among middle and high school students from Title I schools in the museum’s immediate and adjacent neighborhoods.
The John Gilmore Riley Center and Museum will coach African American heritage and culture organizations in four states (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia) to focus on assessment, training, technology integration, intergenerational exchange, development of emerging leaders, and strategies that promote sustainability. The partnering organizations include: the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network; the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; and Virginia Africana: The Network of Museum, History and Preservation Professionals. The project includes six multi-state meetings in each of the three target states over a two-year period to provide on-site training and technical assistance. The four partner organizations will develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary to serve as an education and training resource in their respective states, develop more global knowledge of diverse museums and cultural organizations, and learn how to identify and emulate successful models.
The Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) will undertake a two-year project to develop a traveling exhibit and public programs to illuminate cultural traditions of giving in African American communities and the history of black philanthropy through artful photography and insightful first-person narratives. The library staff at JCSU will begin working with key local partners to design, curate and fabricate the exhibition as well as create collateral educational and marketing materials in print and online. The exhibition’s touring schedule at college campuses and cultural museums and institutions, primarily throughout the South, will include robust community programming during each four to six week exhibition period.
The Museum of African American History will use IMLS funds to build upon past collections initiatives; strengthen its institutional collections and interpretation capacity; increase its presence as an incubator for African American professionals in the field; and increase access to its collections among schools, educators, researchers, and the public. The project supports the recruitment and hiring of a director of collections and exhibitions who will provide the skills needed for the assessment, documentation, and preservation of the museum’s collection while guiding the professional development of the staff. The newly hired director will also expand the museum’s Collections Internship Program into a year-round experience that will provide the opportunity for graduates to become museum professionals who will increase the capacity and visibility of the African American historical and cultural institutions in the nation.
The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) will hire a curator of exhibitions and public programs who will build on NAAM’s strong track record of presenting high-quality exhibitions. Over the course of two years, the new curator of exhibitions and public programs will work with the executive director and an arts consultant to develop a three-year exhibition and program plan. This plan will be used to manage, evaluate, and develop the museum’s programs and will align with NAAM’s mission and long-term institutional strategic planning efforts. The curator will also receive leadership training from the consultant and work to increase the museum’s profile within the community, regionally, and nationally though development of public programming initiatives, civic and community partnerships, professional development, and networking.
The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will undertake a staff development and organizational planning project that includes three interconnected components: 1) leadership coaching for the director of the museum, 2) strategic planning, and 3) professional development for the museum staff. The leadership coaching and staff development will include an assessment of audience needs and help staff develop new skills, maximize productivity, stretch individual and collective staff talent, and enable the staff to use their skills and knowledge to advance the museum’s strategic goals. The project will strengthen the staff’s ability to think strategically, plan methodically for future growth, identify essential tools that will strengthen the museum’s operations, enhance the museum’s capacity to serve as an academic and cultural resource, and deliver comprehensive art experiences for its growing audiences.
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa will provide 26 four-hour long training sessions for staff on the development, design, and management of exhibitions. This training will educate staff on professional museum practice in order to utilize exhibit spaces located in 11 tribal buildings. During the training, participants will develop an exhibit management plan; conduct an inventory of existing exhibit materials in tribal facilities; and develop an exhibit. As a result, the project will strengthen the museum staff’s skills in developing and managing exhibits both during and beyond the grant period.
Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria will research, design, and create educational materials by translating and transforming two traditional Wiyot stories into children's storybooks. To provide youth greater access to tribal languages, the books will be written in Wiyot and English, have an accompanying CD, and feature illustrations by community youth. The books will be printed and made available in PDF format to provide greater access to this important component of traditional culture. In addition to the language and early literacy benefits of the project, telling these traditional stories will help to reconnect youth and their families with aspects of tribal history.
The Chilkat Indian Village will conduct a yearlong project to increase the capacity of tribal members to implement museum best practices and install a traditional whale house exhibit using original objects at the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center. Staff from the Alaska State Museum will train tribal members in professional collection handling, interpretation, and exhibit installation. Tribal members will create the interpretive content and work with a consultant to design and install the exhibit using the traditional layout of the whale house interior and original objects. The Whale House exhibit will preserve the Whale House collection and enable the Chilkat Tlingits to share their history, art, and cultural practices with tribal members, clan members, and all audiences viewing the installation.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Oconaluftee Indian Village will re-create a living history experience of a blacksmith’s studio to educate visitors about a traditional Cherokee art form. Project activities include conducting research to expand educational programs; designing and creating an authentic blacksmith studio on-site; providing training for village staff; writing a script for village workers; and creating signage to explain these Cherokee traditions. The project will expand community engagement in Cherokee culture by presenting history, arts and crafts, and language through this new interpretive experience.
The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe will create a centralized database of historical and cultural collections, while inventorying and cataloging the artifacts to ensure future access and proper care. The inventory will bring together all cultural items in the possession of the tribe from multiple locations. A collections policies and a procedures manual will be developed and shared with the community, providing the structure and support necessary to manage and preserve both the current collection and any future acquisitions. The grant will also enable the tribe to update and create museum displays to produce a sustainable cultural presence.
The Kaw Nation’s Kanza Museum will create a virtual museum to share the story and culture of the Kanza people. IMLS funds will be used to create three online modules linked directly to the Kaw Nation website, including a virtual timeline of Kanza history; an exhibition featuring tribal cultural objects, regalia, songs, stories, and photographs; and an interactive language feature that will promote learning the Kaw language and illustrate how Native elders teach youth through storytelling. Additionally, an interactive mobile application will be developed to teach Kaw Nation members the Kaw language.
The Sealaska Heritage Institute will engage in a one-year exhibition development process to design an exhibit that showcases Tlingit Indian clan hats from the perspective of the Tlingit people to educate the public about the functions, roles, and uses of clan hats today. The process will include several meetings with exhibit designers and Sealaska Heritage Institute staff to develop the conceptual and final design plans for all aspects of the exhibit. The exhibit will be the inaugural show in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s new building in downtown Juneau, Alaska. This exhibit will benefit tribal members and promote cross-cultural understanding as Alaskans and tourists learn more about the cultural significance and artistic characteristics of clan hats and the ways of the Tlingit people.
The Seldovia Museum will hire a professional curator and engage staff in professional development to improve skills in exhibition design and mount-making. The curator will organize a two-day professional development workshop, to be held at the Pratt Museum in Homer, AK, for ten participants from the Seldovia Museum and other small local museums to learn about aspects of exhibition development. The workshop will be filmed and developed into six brief instructional how-to videos that will be made available online to museum professionals and the public. Following the workshop, staff will create two new temporary exhibits and make environmental improvements to the exhibit gallery to improve collections care.
The Tonkawa Tribe will conduct a yearlong project to preserve the Tonkawa language through outreach to youth. With only a few Tonkawa native language speakers alive, this project is focused on teaching the language to children by developing a coloring book with simple pictures and Tonkawa words, a pronunciation guide, and an audio CD with words pronounced by a Tonkawa native language speaker. These materials will be delivered to caregivers at Tonkawa home daycares, Tonkawa Elementary Public School students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and students in the Tonkawa tribal afterschool program. The project will expose tribal members and non-tribal members to Tonkawa language and culture to help preserve the Tonkawa language for future generations.
The Yurok Tribe will design and fabricate the central exhibit for the opening of the Yurok Visitor Center. This exhibit will display historic Yurok items, including baskets, dresses, nets, canoes, and other artifacts currently not available for public viewing. The project will utilize informational panels, sculptures, photo murals, banners, and multimedia displays to share the history and accomplishments of the Yurok people and the natural beauty of their environment. Through this exhibit, the public and the community will learn about the Yurok people, their cultural values, and tribal ways of life.
The Magic House will research, develop, fabricate, and assess a new early childhood STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) exhibit for children ages two through six. The museum will create a new guided field trip program and a professional development workshop to support early childhood educators in STEM instruction, in addition to a 1,500-square-foot learning environment that will present age-appropriate STEM learning experiences, content, and programming that align with state and national educational standards for science and math. Through interaction with the exhibit, young children will be engaged in self-directed activities that promote STEM exploration and learning, teachers will find support and inspiration for their instruction of STEM, and parents, caregivers, and other adults will be provided with the tools and resources to foster children's STEM learning.
The Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will link and integrate its digital geographic information system (GIS) to its plant collections database, making possible the creation of GIS-derived applications that will ultimately impact all areas of the museum's operations. Following the system integration, the institution will develop applications and train staff members on how to develop GIS-derived applications tailored to enhance the learning experiences of visitors and program participants. The integrated database will serve as a resource that will positively impact learning experiences for the gardeners who maintain the plant collections, visitors to the garden, participants in education programs, and people accessing information online. The project will also help demonstrate the potential of spatial data to benefit collections-management activities and public programming.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will complete one phase of a larger project to create a Photography Interpretive Gallery within its new Photography Center. The museum will create content, develop software, install hardware, and evaluate visitor experience of the gallery. The gallery will offer visitors opportunities for engaged participation, increase accessibility of photography, and will use digital interfaces to provide new ways for visitors to learn about photography. By interacting with the gallery, visitors will be able to better understand how and why certain photographs have been made and how such images become imbued with meaning by makers and viewers alike.
The Memorial Hall Museum will create "Impressions from a Lost World," an array of programs to engage regional, national, and tourist audiences in learning about the history of the 1835 dinosaur track discoveries along the Connecticut River Valley. The museum will prototype, pilot, and finalize maps, museum programs, and educational materials for activities such as the hands-on traveling Jurassic Roadshow presentations and self-guided tours of the museum. These programs will aid in the development and launching of a large-scale website for sustained in-depth learning beyond the programming opportunity. "Impressions of a Lost World" will help to enhance tourism, local community pride, and awareness of the region's dinosaur track discovery–including its history, importance, the contributions that everyday people made.
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium will create "Boat Works," a new exhibit and educational program demonstrating the history and skills of engine assembly. The unique exhibit experience will feature the operational Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works, a 1915 machine shop, in order to interpret the machinery, tools, and equipment that was necessary for this skilled work. To support the exhibit programming, the museum will recruit, train, and evaluate volunteer interpreters to demonstrate various activities within the machine shop. Through this exhibit, visitors will learn all aspects of boat building, including the manufacture of marine engines, the building of wooden boats, the shaping of iron in the blacksmith shop, and the construction and launch of large iron and steel hull vessels.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum will grow its existing partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center to enhance school readiness among low-income and underserved children ages 3-5. Through this project, young children from five early childhood education centers in Poughkeepsie, NY, will participate in monthly field trip programs at the museum and linked programs in their education centers to help develop successful transition into elementary school; family workshops will engage parents; and professional development sessions for early educators will provide instruction on how to strengthen links among parents, educators, and museum professionals. The project will benefit the community as the museum shifts into the role of community convener of organizations that promote school readiness, greater academic achievement, and success of youth.
The Museum of Innovation and Science will deliver hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiences to underserved youth and their families in afterschool and out-of-school time in collaboration with the member libraries of the Mohawk Valley Library System. The museum will deliver three STEM programs, astronomy content, and tabletop experiment stations to library visitors at each of the 23 member libraries. This project will help bring STEM awareness and interest to audiences in groups typically underrepresented in the STEM fields.
The Harrison County Historical Museum will complete the final design, production, and installation of a permanent exhibit, "Service and Sacrifice: Harrison County at War," which will tell the story of the people of Harrison County during times of war. Using the museum's collection of artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit will engage K-12 students, adult learners, visitors to the community, military personnel and their families, in examining Harrison County's history. Visitors will also explore how community members participated in wars that impacted the local community and the world.
Science Museum of Minnesota will create three live theater productions highlighting current laboratory and field research studies of science issues with strong topical relevance to families with school-age children, school groups, and adult lifelong learners. Shows will align with the appropriate grade levels of the Minnesota Science Education Standards in three age levels: early elementary (grades 1–3), upper elementary and middle school (grades 4–8), and high school students and adult learners. The shows will be performed in daily rotation at the museum to entertain, inform, and challenge visitors to reflect on current science issues. Theater staff will disseminate the shows through various national conferences, websites, and professional associations, enabling colleagues nationwide to download the scripts free of charge and present topical science issues at their own museums.
Mississippi Children's Museum will complete the creation of the Literacy Garden, an outdoor gallery that will promote early learning and development for underserved children in the first seven years of life. The museum will develop a visitor-targeted messaging platform, improve formal exhibits and implement public programs to help children develop critical language and literacy skills, social/emotional skills, and physical skills. The Literacy Garden will offer early childhood learning resources, early literacy and language development intervention, access to outdoor play, and the promotion of caregivers and children as collaborative learners.
The Missouri Botanical Garden will work with six urban schools, to create new educational opportunities for teachers and students who use the garden's institutional research as a foundation for STEM Programming (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Students in the program will focus on one of three core garden research themes: medicinal uses of plants, plants as a food source, or the ecological value of plants. Anchored by multiple field experiences at the garden and its satellite sites, follow up programming, and teacher professional development, the program will be aligned with state standards to address concerns with student proficiency in the STEM disciplines.
Sciencenter will develop and deliver "Science from the Start," a program to empower parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators to integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) into everyday activities for preschool children. Using workshops to help parents, caregivers, and educators engage children in science discovery, the museum will provide support, training, and inquiry-based activities to increase their comfort and knowledge of methods to encourage their children's STEM learning. "Science from the Start" will increase the museum's capacity in early childhood education and disseminate results to science and technology centers to promote a deeper understanding of the importance of early childhood education as the foundation for lifelong learning.
The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, in partnership with the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), will develop detailed biological species "stories" that show how the scientific name attached to a species is the product of meticulous study and the progression of knowledge over time. These stories will form the basis for exhibit stations in the museum galleries, digital collections on the EOL website, and an e-book that combines the online content into narrative form. These resources will promote public understanding of Earth's biodiversity, the importance of museum and library collections in its study, and give people tools to further their own investigations through freely available web resources. The project will serve as a model for content delivery that other institutions can adapt for their own collections.
New York Transit Museum will develop and implement the "Bringing Back the City: Transportation First Responders" exhibition to show how New York City recovered following four recent crises: the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the blackout of 2003, Hurricane Irene in 2011, and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The exhibit will use interactive technology and multimedia displays to allow audiences to see and hear transit workers' stories describing their jobs during those four historic events, accompanied by transit equipment and samples of the specialized tools workers used to restore transportation services. This project will demonstrate to visitors how past disasters can inform future disaster response, how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is fundamental in transit jobs, and the critical role transit workers play in a city's recovery from disaster.
Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education will create "Texas Colorado River Mobile Learning Experience," a mobile learning exhibition that will teach middle school audiences about the Colorado River watershed and human interaction with water sources. The mobile interactive water science center and accompanying curriculum will build core science knowledge and skills relative to watersheds, and provide youth a complementary, interpretive educational experience. Through the exhibit, the center aims to increase participants' water-conserving behaviors, decrease water use, and decrease behaviors leading to negative impact on water quality.
The Clay Center for Arts and Sciences of West Virginia will create professional learning communities of teachers and after-school staff serving 7th grade students at seven partner schools using digital storytelling as a tool to explore energy-related topics impacting their communities. West Virginia's role as a leading coal producer and the impact of natural gas drilling served as strong influencing factors in the creation of this STEAM project, titled emPOWERed Stories. Students will create an exhibit that incorporates these digital stories. The results will inform the broader field on ways to better blend formal and informal education experiences to become more potent learning environments.
Muncie Children's Museum will fabricate and install "Discovery Park," a permanent, inquiry-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning exhibit focused on animals, habitats, and weather to support children's natural curiosity and enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills. The exhibit will augment school curriculum to expose children aged four through ten to 21st century educational elements of STEM, including observation, reasoning with numbers, evaluating evidence, and coming to conclusions. The project will support local community efforts to increase both early educational and STEM learning opportunities to help better prepare children for success in the ever-increasing global marketplace.
Philipsburg Manor will design and execute “Traders and Raiders,” a three-pronged project employing the latest gaming and digital learning methodologies to teach end users about transatlantic trade, piracy, and how Philipsburg Manor, a National Historic Landmark site in Sleepy Hollow, NY, played a role in this vast and complex system. Developers will create free digital experiences including a free learning game for children ages 8-12, a mobile treasure hunt for children ages 4-7 to enhance the onsite experience at Philipsburg Manor, and detailed webpages for adults. The project will engage visitors in interactive and self-directed learning to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of history.
Staten Island Children's Museum will transform a 2,000-square-foot concrete roof deck into an outdoor exhibit incorporating natural elements and opportunities for open-ended play. Based on feedback from visitors, the new green space will focus on teaching age-appropriate science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) topics; developing an appreciation of nature and the environment; and providing an opportunity for imaginative, open-ended play. Some examples of exhibits include: "Musical Instruments," an area for visitors to explore the relationship between the arts and science through nature-inspired sounds; "Root View Garden," a look into how roots grow underground; and "Scout Camping Area," a low-impact campsite that will demonstrate no trace camping to visitors. The Outdoor Play Area Project will complement the museum's indoor exhibits, fostering confidence and skills that prepare children for a successful future.