Pop Up Tinker Shop Expansion

Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2018 to Thursday, September 30, 2021
Resource Type:
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
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
Engineering | General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Low Socioeconomic Status
Organization:
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
Description: 

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.

Funder(s): 
IMLS
Funding Program: 
Museums for America
Award Number: 
MA-10-18-0058-18
Funding Amount: 
$97,422

Team Members

Starr JordanStarr JordanPrincipal Investigator

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