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Title I Explora Family Science Nights Get National Spotlight

The program that connects students in need to the museum will be featured alongside Smithsonian Institute programs during the Conference for InterActivity 2015.

APS resource teacher Stefanie McDermott and Eric Meyer of Explora will share their experience “Developing Sustainable Partnerships: Lessons and Strategies from the Field” during a national conference on interactivity.

“We are always looking to connect with other organizations and learn from they as they learn from us,” said APS resource teacher Marc Wunder. “Ours is a sustainable program, and we want to encourage communities to connect with children’s museums, art museums, atomic museums and history museums.”

Since 2008, Explora Family Science Nights have brought families from Title I schools together to share hands-on experiences with the processes of science, technology and math. Originally just 12 nights, the program has expanded to 30 nights with 60 schools and 18,000 people attending.

In addition to the family engagement element, the Explora Family Science Nights also includes professional development for educators and administrators to teach them about the exhibit and how to engage families through inquiry based science questions. Five staff members from each school attending are required to attend the professional development, but often as many as 30 educators will come and later incorporate it into their classroom activities.

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