Development of tools for learning in a science museum

Outdoor Adventures All ages with adult caregiver Participate in guided and self-guided outdoor play experiences in our Please Touch Garden, including water activities and programming connected to nature.

Choose from a verity of topics that will enhance the learning environment like current research and best practices in teaching and learning science, or how to design and develop a science corner in a classroom. Creativity Families participate in multi-sensory activities that encourage exploration and spark wonder and curiosity.

Learning Resources

Please Touch Museum engages children and adults in discovering the world around them through a variety of educational opportunities in the Museum, offsite and online. For more details, download a PDF below. For more information please contact: You will also receive guiding principles to help you integrate tinkering into your pre-K through grade 3 classroom.

All programs are informed by current research and best practices in the fields of informal learning, museum education and early childhood education to: Critical thinking Children expand their awareness and understanding of the world and new ideas through child-directed activities.

Collaboration Children and adults engage with one another in social learning through interactive programs and play. Our programs provide a welcoming, friendly introduction to the Museum and begin to instill in young visitors a love of discovery and learning, encouraging future cultural experiences.

Learners follow their own path to understanding by investigating tools and materials, and exploring questions that interest them. The curriculum consists of 9 thematic units focused on life, earth and physical science, and are delivered over a 1-month period.

In this inquiry-based approach, learning opens up a wide range of possible answers rather than any "right" one. Our guided multi-sensory programs, print and web resources, as well as experiential and play-based initiatives focus on relevant themes throughout Museum exhibits and connect to current events.

Learning resources

It combines direct instruction with guided inquiry-based science experiences and exploration. Programs do not require advance registration and are free with museum admission. Participants will receive a certificate for professional development hours, relevant resources, meaningful materials, and the confidence to engage in STEM experiences with young children and families.

This workshop will focus on 3 important aspects: Program Room All ages with adult caregiver Experiment with materials and create works of art inspired by your trip to the Museum. Tot Spot Ages with adult caregiver Join in activities, songs and play especially designed to offer our youngest visitors time and space to strengthen early learning skills.

Units are sequenced to present progressively more complex science process skills, and combine direct instruction with guided inquiry-based science experiences. Communication Children and adults practice verbal and non-verbal language and make connections between ideas and everyday life.

Museum programs An overview.

Self-Guided Tours

Or, contact us at groupsales pleasetouchmuseum. We also offer professional development workshops for educators, focusing on play-based education. Each unit contains an overview, teacher background, 4 lessons, and 12 integration activities.

Science Museum Learning Resources

Schools can choose from themed Guided or Self-Guided experiences and workshops to enhance your next visit. Discovery Zone All ages with adult caregiver Monthly program add-ons located throughout various Zones in the Museum designed to enhance your playful adventures!

Storytime All ages with adult caregiver Get cozy, listen to stories, sing songs and build literacy skills. A Playful Approach to Inquiry Join the fun as we create it, make it, revise it, start over, and re-invent!Children spend their whole day learning, and Please Touch Museum provides resources for families and educators to help support that continuous discovery.

Support development of executive function and deeper learning skills through literacy, creative and performing arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming.

Plan an educational visit to the Science Museum, search for learning resources to use in the classroom or at home and find CPD opportunities for teachers.

For Educators

We believe that learning is joyful and lifelong. By creating inquiry-based experiences and tools that spark wonder; offer hands-on experiences; and encourage questions, explorations, and individual discovery, we're transforming the way that people learn.

Learning this way empowers people to figure things out for themselves—about. Professional Development; Early Childhood; a verity of topics that will enhance the learning environment like current research and best practices in teaching and learning science, or how to design and develop a science corner in a classroom.

Early Childhood

Arizona Science Center supports Arizona’s schools and pre-schools with professional. At the Exploratorium, designing tools for teaching and learning is something we do everyday—almost all of our exhibits are created and tested here at the museum. The digital tools we create for teaching and learning allow us to push beyond our museum walls and connect with learners and educators everywhere.

Inquiry-based Science. We are a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved professional development provider and award PDP certificates for programs of ten or more hours in length.

I wanted to say a quick "thank you" to the Museum of Science for such an inspiring day. The Museum offers curriculum tools and professional .

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