Method: In-Person Programs
In-Person Programs include any program in which an individual from a museum brings museum education outside of the traditional museum setting. These types of programs most commonly happen in schools, libraries, or other cultural institutions. The goal of in-person programming is to bring the museum’s collections and resources out into the community, stimulating experiences that involve personal discovery and critical thinking. In-person programs physically bring the museum to you.
Who is the Audience?
The intended audiences of in-person programs include teachers, facilitators, and students of formal and informal educational environments of any age. In-person programs are typically marketed to schools, but they can often be adapted for almost any age group or setting.
Case Study: At Your School, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The At Your School program at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an in-person program opportunity that can reach schools in three different ways, through assemblies, classes, or labs, with program content covering a choice of six subjects: earth science, health science, human culture, life science, physical science and space science.
Assemblies allow large groups of students, grades K – 8, to engage in the same topic at the same time by interacting with presenters in fun-filled educational activities. Classes are designed for grades PreK – 8, and include a 45-minute classes led by professional museum educators that engage students with a specific science topic using hands-on, inquiry-based approaches. Labs are a more in-depth experience for grades 3- 8, which includes an inquiry-based program that allows hands-on experiences for small groups of students.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science does an excellent job providing schools with several options and opportunities to bring the museum into the school. While I would personally like to see in-person programs for high school students as well, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is on the right track by offering distance learning programs that include the human element, instead of just a technological connection. For more information, click on the link below:
Museums that offer In-Person Programs:
- The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH), Art to Go: http://www.clevelandart.org/learn/in-the-classroom/art-to-go/overview
- Tubman African American Museum (Macon, GA), School Outreach Program: http://www.tubmanmuseum.com/teachers/school-outreach-program/
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, PA), Science Adventure Classes and Spinosaurus Encounter: http://www.carnegiemnh.org/programs/inschool/
- International Spy Museum (Washington DC), Spy Assembly At Your School: http://www.spymuseum.org/education-programs/educators/spy-assembly/
- Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Classroom Outreach Programs: http://www.mfa.org/programs/school-programs/outreach
- Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA), Onsite & Outreach Workshops: http://www.puppet.org/edu/outreach.shtml
- EdVenture Children’s Museum (Columbia, SC), EdVenture-To-Go: http://www.edventure.org/edventure-to-go.aspx