Education Department Collaborates with Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
Education students are bringing what they have learned to the local community through a partnership with the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. The museum, a local leader in early childhood education, has recently opened a new exhibition on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education entitled Lift, Link, Launch! Opened partially with support from Marist’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the new exhibition focuses on encouraging pre-engineering skill development through open-ended exploration.
Education students in Dr. Carol Rinke’s STEM Methods courses recently visited the museum with the goal of applying what they learned about mathematics education to the museum’s many exhibits. They are developing learning guides to facilitate parent-child interaction around key mathematical understandings. Lara Litchfield-Kimber, the museum’s executive director, advised students on translating classroom-based learning to the informal environment and developing inclusive and accessible materials. Marist students also had the opportunity to do some of their own building and exploring during the visit. Said Dr. Rinke, "Marist's partnership with the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum benefits the whole community. Marist students get to see STEM learning outside of the classroom and support parents and children as they interact around mathematics together. We each learn from the experience."
(from left to right): Kelly McDonough '17, Dorothy Paul '17, Timothy Humphrey '16
(from left to right): Alyssa Pitonzo '17, Lindsey Benanti '17
Gabriella Houser '16