Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Presents Professional Development Training for Educators through Nationwide Making Project that Inspires STEM Learning for Underserved Youth
The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum selected for Maker/STEM Education Support for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a national collaborative project that trains teachers how to present maker and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to benefit disadvantaged children.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), selected the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, along with other science centers, children’s museums and afterschool providers, to provide STEM learning opportunities for underserved youth across the nation through the Maker/STEM Education Support for 21st Century Community Learning Centers project.
The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is one of six organizations that received a two-day “train the trainer” session to prepare educators to lead STEM-based maker programming and train staff of 35 afterschool centers across the nation. Utilizing the activities, tools and training received during the session, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum educators are delivering maker programs this summer for elementary through middle school-age children and training after school educators at community learning centers, including Allen-Field Boys & Girls Club, Carver Academy of Mathematics & Science Boys & Girls Club, Keefe Avenue Boys & Girls Club, Lakeside COP House and St. Anthony School.
“We know that children are deeply engaged when participating in maker-based projects and that educators are looking for ways to spark their students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Michael Cook, director of community making, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. “We are honored to be selected as a Maker/STEM Education Support for 21st Century Community Learning Centers program partner to bring professional development training to teachers in southeastern Wisconsin that share our mission of improving STEM education for children, particularly for underserved audiences that can greatly benefit from experiences that support their academic achievement and future consideration of careers in related fields.”
Other participants in Maker/STEM Education Support for 21st Century Community Learning Centers that will use their science expertise and museum assets to provide programming for this project include: Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, TX; Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Miami, FL; ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, Ashland, OR; and Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville, AR.
About the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum serves 240,000 children and adults annually and provides year-round maker programs in its Be A Maker space, a communal workshop environment that invites visitors to explore a broad range of projects using a variety of materials, tools, digital resources and technologies that encourage children to experiment, learn new skills and share their accomplishments.
The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is the producer of Maker Faire® Milwaukee, a free annual event for the community that is co-hosted by Milwaukee Makerspace and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc. The Museum represents Wisconsin in Nation of Makers initiatives, including 2016 meetings at the White House to form regional and national resource networks for individuals and organizations to become part of the global maker community.
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