No matter how old, few can resist hands-on activities at museums. I remember visiting Da Vinci — The Genius, a traveling exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in 2018. The excellently-curated collection included numerous mechanical devices that could be turned, rotated, and cranked to the heart's content. Naturally, I had to try them all.
In the age of COVID-19, museums have responded incredibly— rapidly moving content online, and creating visually-engaging and exciting virtual exhibits. The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, NM, is taking their educational outreach a step further, creating themed pick-up kits full of materials for students to engage along with virtual programming. Thes "field trips in a box" will begin October 1st, and include themes like Immunity. The Museum Educators will work with teachers to accommodate streaming to different online learning platfoms.
Bradbury Museum Educator Mel Strong took me behind the scenes (over Zoom, that is) to the streaming studio he recently built in the Museum. The bonafide setup was not unlike a television newsroom, with tables arranged for presenting, projecting, and a special seat for the technical support to keep things running smoothly off-camera. The streaming studio will enable Bradbury Museum Educators to stream fun, engaging virtual education programming to students all around Northern NM.
Read the full story from Mel below, and learn more about contacting the Bradbury to plan a hands-on virtual field trip for your students.
Contributed by Anjeli Doty, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Contributors include the Northern NM STEAM Team, local educators, & advocates