EDUCATION


Within the next 20 years, NASA plans for humans to visit Mars, driverless cars will likely be a well-developed reality, and technology is advancing more quickly than the country can fill STEM-related jobs. The United States Department of Education projects a massive growth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industries, with an average job increase of 14% across all fields. There will be particularly sharp growth in the software, medical science and biomedical engineering fields. More than HALF of America's economic growth over the last 50 years has come directly from the innovate fields of STEM research and development. As a result of this continued growth, and the significant implications that STEM fields will have on the world, we have spent the last two years developing a strategic plan to implement our Museum Education Program into schools nationwide. The Museum Education Program will have a significant and lasting impact on the students who experience our courses, as well as the educators who deliver the lessons. Getting students of all ages engaged and interested in STEM coursework will help ensure that the millions of jobs available in the future can be filled with bright, enthusiastic young people and help solve some of the daunting problems our society will face over the next several decades.
The Museum Education Program is the only program of its kind. Students from 4th grade through 11th grade will be able to participate in this unique educational experience designed to engage students, spark their interest in the sciences and expand their understanding of the world around them. With the help of our alliance partners—Orion Telescopes & Binoculars and Elenco Electronics—The Museum Education Program is able to deliver an interactive, hands-on, standards-based museum education program unlike any other. The experience and knowledge that students and teachers will walk away from after the coursework will have a direct and lifelong impact on the trajectory of future curriculum development, education paths and careers alike.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND REFINEMENT

For over two years, the Museum has been working hand-in-hand with the Jefferson County School District in Colorado to develop the Schools Program. Over these two years, the Museum has been able to implement the Schools Program on a trial basis and review the strengths and opportunities of the initial rollout to refine and redevelop this one-of-a-kind learning experience. Over the trial period with Jeffco Schools, the Museum was able to strategically evaluate and adjust the program with critical input from teachers and key members of the district. The end-result is a well-tested, designed and efficient program that can be confidently and seamlessly implemented into any school district. With input from the district, we were able to carefully evaluate what students needed to pursue their educational and career goals based on the following core competencies: • Self-direction and personal responsibility• Communication• Critical and creative thinking• Civic and global engagement• Collaboration and leading by influence• Content mastery and• Agility and adaptability The United States educational system is very large and complex. The Museum could not have developed the Schools Program without the help of our friends from Jefferson County. They continue to provide advice and support as we roll the program out nationwide, and will be our continued partner to help ensure we meet each educational community’s needs, standards and best practices. In addition to Jefferson County School District, the Schools Program is pleased to partner with Orion Telescopes and Binoculars and Elenco Electronics, Inc. to bring this unique earning experience to classrooms around the country.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• Students across the country will receiveexclusive courses and kits. • The program allows schools to showcase thework of students who become engaged inlearning about the history of electronics andastronomy. • The program aims to reach more studentsnationwide and provide them with an in-depthunderstanding of astronomy, technology andelectronics in general. • Hands-on activities and the programexperience in general is designed to engagethe senses of all types of learners andpositively influence their confidence and levelof interest in STEM-based concepts. • There is a broad range of STEM topics tochoose from that can be customized to alignwith Core Common Standards. • Teachers will receive lesson plans, studentworksheets and materials to conduct scienceactivities at no cost.

ALLIANCES

ELENCO ELECTRONICS, INC.

The Museums are very pleased to partner with Elenco to supply high school classes across the country with educational kits and products that teach the basics of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Elenco’s pride is the award-winning and highly successful Snap Circuits product line, which teaches kids to have fun learning about electronics, engineering, science, and technology. Snap Circuits have been endorsed by educators worldwide and used in schools, libraries, museums, after-school programs, STEM programs, and at home. Many of today’s rising engineers and scientists learned the basics of technology by playing and creating with Snap Circuits. Snap Circuits come in a variety of different kits, depending on size, theme, and configuration. The easy-to-use, full-color manuals give kids the power and self-confidence to build hundreds of exciting projects such as flying saucers, alarms, radios, doorbells, and much more. Kids can also use their imagination and create their own circuits! Before the STEM and Maker Movements, there was Elenco. For 47 years, Elenco has developed educational kits and electronics testing equipment to teach electronics, science, and technology to budding engineers and scientists. Elenco’s motto —Learn by Doing— inspires, motivates, and challenges children of all ages to solve problems and practice real-life skills.

ORION TELESCOPES & BINOCULARS

The Museum is very pleased to partner with Orion Telescopes & Binoculars to supply telescopes and binoculars to 4th through 11th grade high school classes across the country, including telescopes for every astronomy level from beginners, through intermediate, and advanced to expert levels, from Dobsonian telescopes to the most advanced Cassegrain telescopes. In addition to telescopes, Orion will also supply high quality binoculars through the Schools Program, including astronomical binoculars, compact binoculars, waterproof binoculars, birding binoculars, and sport and hunting binoculars. Orion will also supply astrophotography telescopes and cameras to capture breathtaking photos. Orion accessories range from moon filters to power-boosting Barlow lenses to advanced computerized telescope mounts, telescope cases and covers, observing gear, red LED flashlights, astronomy books and star charts, all of which make students observing sessions more convenient, comfortableand meaningful. Orion is committed to helping the Museums share their knowledge and passion for astronomy and astrophotography with every student in the country, with in-depth information on telescopes, binoculars, and astrophotography, “how to” tips, astronomy articles, events, & reviews, and also helping the Museums share students’ astronomy pictures on the Museums’ and Orion’s websites.