The Bay Area Discovery Museum this week was awarded $380,000 from 100Kin10 to fund a mobile engineering lab to serve the Bay Area’s pre-K through fifth grade classrooms.
p>100Kin10 is an organization committed to recruiting, training and retaining 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.
This is the inaugural year of an annual STEM Fellowship Program, which awards grants to participants developing programs designed to tackle one of the “Grand Challenges” in education identified through extensive field research and feedback from 100Kin10’s network of more than 200 partners.
This year’s focus is the underrepresentation of engineering in K-12 classrooms.
The grant will help the museum deliver engaging and developmentally appropriate engineering curriculum to pre-K through fifth grade teachers in all nine Bay Area counties, with an emphasis on educators in underserved communities.
Through the mobile engineering lab, the museum will bring its robust engineering programming to children throughout the Bay Area who might not otherwise have access and for whom STEM education is critical to closing the opportunity gap.
The mobile lab will also bring novelty and interest to engineering, and professional development to teachers without release time. The museum will commence research and development for the mobile engineering lab in January 2016, with piloting to begin in January 2017.
“Our mobile engineering lab will provide teachers with the resources they need to engage children in engineering and develop critical problem solving skills,” said Karyn Flynn, CEO of the Bay Area Discovery Museum. “
The 100Kin10 Fellowship is designed to build a community of problem solvers to overcome specific obstacles in the STEM teaching and learning domain. By putting learning and human-centered problem solving at the forefront, the fellowship guides participants through a process of iteration and improvement of ideas, resulting in stronger proposed solutions, in advance of applying for funding.
Located in Sausalito, the Bay Area Discovery Museum annually welcomes 300,000 children, parents, and teachers to its early childhood education campus. The mission of the Museum is to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.
For more information about the museum, visit www.BayKidsMuseum.org.