New Innovative School Programs at the Bay Area Discovery Museum Focus on STEM Education

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Preschool through 3rd grade classes can experience self-guided field trips to the Bay Area Discovery Museum or facilitated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workshops that are aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Thousands of kids are about to experience what they declare the ‘best field trip ever!’ – and their teachers are bound to agree.

“We believe that all students should experience high-quality STEM education characterized by curricula designed to encourage creativity, innovation and discovery,” said Sara Norris, Teacher-In-Residence.

Thousands of kids are about to experience what they declare the ‘best field trip ever!’ – and their teachers are bound to agree. Whether early childhood educators are looking for a traditional field trip to ignite students’ creative thinking or want to advance students’ learning to the next level by adding a facilitated math or science workshop, educators will find what they need with the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s innovative programming for schools. Preschool through 3rd grade classes can experience self-guided field trips to the Museum or facilitated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workshops that are aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

How is a rubber band like your brain? Find out in “Stretch It, Shape It, Grow It.” Who is heaviest and shortest? Students will compare and contrast in “Measurement and Me.” The six new offerings will engage visiting students, teachers and family members in playful, hands-on exploration of STEM content. Developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory activities encourage risk taking, collaborative problem solving and creative thinking, which are all important skills for our 21st century learners.

“We believe that all students should experience high-quality STEM education characterized by curricula designed to encourage creativity, innovation and discovery,” said Sara Norris, Teacher-In-Residence. “As Teacher-in-Residence, my job is to design and facilitate innovative, child-centered educational experiences for our youngest scholars in which they can playfully explore math and science content while growing their love of learning and sense of competence as learners.”

Learn more about the new school programs, how to sign up and scholarship opportunities at http://www.BayKidsMuseum.org/schoolprograms.

About Bay Area Discovery Museum
Creative thinking begins early in every child’s life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don’t. It unlocks possibilities and fosters innovation. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed to ignite creative thinking in children. The 7.5 acres of natural beauty inspires families to engage in a world of possibilities. Framed by the majestic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the museum is a space for imaginations to run wild. Every curated detail of our exhibits brings creative thinking to life for all stages of childhood. Navigate winding tunnels to develop physical and intellectual risk-taking skills. Feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity. Imagine new worlds by transforming into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder. At every turn is a new opportunity to challenge the boundaries of creativity.

Now we are taking these experiences beyond our physical location. We launched the Center for Childhood Creativity in 2011 to pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs that advance creative thinking in all children—extending our impact beyond the Museum.

Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

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