FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JUNE 30, 2015 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently received a donation that enabled it to purchase a new Transit Connect van for its outreach programs. The Museum now has a three-van fleet that it will use to deliver informal science outreach programs throughout the state, including the upper peninsula.
“The need for a new van is reflective of the increased demand for the Museum’s award-winning outreach services,” said Mel Drumm, executive director, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “The rise in transportation costs means that schools sometimes make the choice of having us bring our nationally-recognized education programming to them versus taking a field trip to the Museum.”
“The Museum’s education team has been developing these programs for years and continues to be an innovative leader in STEaM education,” Drumm added. “Although we can’t truly export the experience of being at the Museum, we certainly can enhance a school’s curriculum with our unique way of teaching complex concepts in a fun and exciting way.”
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s outreach programs include workshops for PreK to 8th grade students as well as 3 to 12 week workshop series programs. Museum programs align with Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards, and feature either classroom workshops or 10-20 hands-on activity stations in a mini-museum setting. Some programs qualify for Title-One Funding.
Every year, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum delivers more than 600 outreach programs at schools, community centers, libraries, festivals, and public events statewide.