The Grand Rapids Public Museum is offering virtual and in-person programs to schools, homeschools, learning pods and the public during the 2020-21 school year.
The museum is also offering free and priced resources such as videos, downloadable activity guides and guided education programs for students.
“With the dynamics of school being so different this year across districts, we’re happy to offer digital and in-person experiences that will cater to learners in all settings,” said Erin Koren, the GRPM’s director of education. “Our goal is to continue connecting students to the museum’s vast collections and exhibits to supplement what they’re learning in school through innovative and fun experiences.”
Students can participate in virtual scavenger hunts and use virtual discovery kits that include downloadable activity sheets that provide educational backgrounds on a variety of science, history and cultural topics. Individuals can ask questions.
Students also can participate in virtual tours to view exhibits and artifacts. The exhibits include Anishinabek: The First People of This Place; Newcomers: The People of This Place; West Michigan Habitats; and Streets of Old Grand Rapids. The museum will offer virtual planetarium presentations that cover space science topics.
GRPM is offering a discovery kit loan program for educators and parents. The kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the museum’s collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects.
For digital education resources, visit grpm.org/schools.
Students can tour, do hands-on activities, watch live planetarium shows and participate in guided exploration led by educators and planetarium staff. Students will learn about artifacts, scientific specimens and develop creative writing skills.
Students in grades three through eight can participate in drop-in educational classes at the museum and use it as a learning lab, while interacting with artifacts and specimens, and conducting experiments to explore science, history, culture and more.