Presentation on theme: "OUT OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS THAT ARE SYSTEMIC Integrating STEM learning concepts for all learners Nichole Myles Chief Education and Experience Officer The Putnam."— Presentation transcript:
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
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
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
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
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.
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**
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?
WHO’S BEST AT THE MARSHMALLOW CHALLENGE?
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!
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