Pop Up Tinker Shop Expansion

Monday, October 1, 2018 to Thursday, September 30, 2021
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Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs, Pre-K/Early Childhood Programs
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Engineering | General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Low Socioeconomic Status
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

In partnership with early childhood service providers and elementary school systems, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry will expand the reach of its programming to share its hands-on, play-based approach to STEM education with targeted children and educators. The museum will create a Power of Play curriculum with lesson plans that reflect best practices and focus on play-based activities to teach STEM concepts tied to grade level and state standards. The museum will train and support 40 teachers and educators from ten Head Start/First Steps early childhood centers and ten Title I elementary schools, and provide them with free Pop Up Tinker Shop (a museum on wheels) outreach visits. The trainings will build teacher confidence, promote best practices for play-based learning, support a community of practice, and enhance young learners' engagement, fascination, and attitude towards STEM. The Power of Play Curriculum will be published as a bound resource and shared with other children's museums and service providers.

Funding Program: 
Museums for America
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Team Members

Starr JordanStarr JordanPrincipal Investigator

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