STEM Partnerships promote relationships between the museum and local school districts. Partnerships are intended to provide students and teachers with new ways of learning 21st Century Skills and Curriculum in a 21st Century Learning Environment like the museum. Focusing entirely on STEM each school partnership is afforded tools including museum visits, NASA lessons, outreach, professional development, artifact sharing, teacher forums and an invitation to exclusive events all pertaining to STEM content. These partnerships bridge the gap between the classroom (formal) and the museum (informal) education, creating an innovative support system designed to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities that are required of them today and to insure their success for the future.
Examples of these partnerships are the Wantagh HORIZONS and Freeport New Visions – Project Challenge. Students from 4th-6th grade visit the museum in a series of specially designed classes developed early in the year by museum educators and school staff. All lessons created, integrate common core standards, inquiry learning and project-based teaching methodologies.
If your organization or school district is interested in a STEM Partnership please contact Assistant Director of Education, Tom Barry, at 516-572-4029 or use the form below.