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1 OUT OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS THAT ARE SYSTEMIC Integrating STEM learning concepts for all learners Nichole Myles Chief Education and Experience Officer The Putnam Museum and Science Center

2 THE PUTNAM FACILITY  6 Permanent Galleries  170,000 Artifacts, Specimen  10,000 Sq. Ft. Science Center with 40+ Interactives  FabLab Classroom  264 Seat Giant Screen Theater

3 PUTNAM EDUCATION  165,000 Annual Visitors  47,000 Youth in preK-12 grade programs  During school programs, in-museum  During school programs, outreach  Afterschool programs, outreach  Afterschool or Out of School Programs  in-museum  Explorers Jr/Explorers  Scouts  Summer Camps  Week of Wonders  Community Outreach  Locally, regionally and statewide

4 OUR CORE VALUES IN EDUCATION  Every child has the potential to make a lasting contribution  Every child has the right to be inspired  Every child can make discoveries  We are guides to learning, not sages of learning  Leaving a Putnam experience should not be the end of the experience  Learning can happen anywhere, at any time, through any one  We provide an environment where learning is comfortable and accessible  We love questions – we tell the truth when we can’t answer and we seek to discover answers ourselves  We believe in the experience – and we learn through that same experience

5 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN GUIDELINES  We design ‘tipping point’ programs  Giving strong, but basic, foundational information on topics without over-delivering information  We research/know 3-4x the amount of information we deliver  We ask more questions and provide fewer answers  Why do you think…  What happens if…  We are conscientious of grouping  We connect back to careers in the vast majority of our programming  We promote a ‘do to discover’ model  We readily accept and encourage unique outcomes  We utilize ‘common’ objects or open source resources as a cornerstone of programming.

6 THE 20/80 RULE FOR ALL  60/40 Rule of School  20/80 Rule for OST  Good for ‘disengaged’ learners  Good for eager learners  20/80 Rule Looks:  Messy  Loud (sometimes)  Has different results/outcomes  Has a different rhythm (8/32, 4/16)  Challenging for the Teachers**

7 THE MARSHMALLOW CHALLENGE  Who can build the tallest structure on the table that will hold a marshmallow at the top?  How will you organize your group?  How will you manage materials?  What did you learn?

8 WHO’S BEST AT THE MARSHMALLOW CHALLENGE?

9 RESOURCES  Steve Spangler Science  Subscribe to ‘Sick Science’ weekly demos.  Expensive kits but some ideas are easily implemented without his stuff!  HowtoSmile.org  Conglomerate of informal learning institutions  Activities are searchable and detail cost on the front page  PBSKids.org  Design Squad – late elementary/MS/HS – has a ‘cool factor’ to activities and includes online games.  Zoom – basic science – uses many household items – not all are spectacular  Spaghettiboxkids.com  Learning through play based site – they love catapults!  STEMfinity  If you’ve got the resources and are looking for an all-in-one kit, this is a great place to start  Kelvin Educational  Great robotics kits and more (moderate prices)  Carolina Biological  Where do you get cow eyes for dissection or an inflatable solar system? Carolina!

10 CONTACT US! Nichole Myles, Chief Education and Experience Officer  Putnam Museum and Science Center 1717 West 12 th Street Davenport, Iowa ext direct line Alice Loff, Group Sales Coordinator  Putnam Museum and Science Center 1717 West 12 th Street Davenport, Iowa ext direct line


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