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MG-10-15-0089-15

Sciencenter
Fiscal Year: 
2015
Award: 
$381,695.00
City: 
Ithaca
State: 
NY
Recipient Type: 
Museum
Program: 
National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Categories: 
Learning Experiences

The Sciencenter Discovery Museum will lead a collaborative of six museums in developing tools for the museum field to fill a critical gap in Head Start teacher science training and strengthen the museum field's ability to foster early science learning among underserved audiences in communities nationwide. There is a strong correlation between STEM literacy and success in our society and economy. There is a surprising lack of STEM integrated into early learning programs, particularly in programs for underserved youth. This project will pool the experience of the collaborative to identify best practices in science professional development for Head Start teachers and will develop and disseminate a toolkit to help museums create the kinds of partnerships that will improve early science learning for underserved audiences.