Museum of Life and Science
Log Number: ARPML-250745-OMLS-22
The Museum of Life and Science will work with Durham Public Schools to develop STEM-oriented, nature-based learning experiences for elementary students for delivery in natural environments at or near schools. The project will also produce associated professional development for teachers and facilitators. The COVID-19 pandemic increased awareness of the benefits of outdoor-based learning, including reduced risk of viral transmission, improved physical and mental health, and support of learning outcomes. Local teachers reported a need for outdoor-based experiences as well as training to improve their skills and comfort to teach in outdoor environments, including those not designed for learning. The museum will develop six learning experiences for K-5 students that align with state education standards along with reusable materials for use by participating classes. Up to 20 teachers will participate in professional development, helping to seed expertise at elementary schools throughout the county.