2023 is off to a busy start for our Learning & Engagement team. From in-person workshops and the launch of our Kahoot! page to the kickoff of field trips, our team has been hard at work inspiring educators and encouraging young minds.
Equality and Power in Civics and Histories Program
On January 28, 2023, The Henry Ford hosted the National Council for History Education partnership with Wayne RESA for their Equality and Power in Civics and Histories program (EPiC Histories). Over 30 educators visited the museum for a session on early Michigan history and how to incorporate primary sources into the classroom. Dr. Sara Chapman Williams from Oakland University gave a lecture on the interactions between indigenous peoples and the first European settlers in Michigan in the seventeenth century through the lens of primary sources. Then, Learning & Engagement staff introduced Model i to the educators and led an exploration of the redesign of the With Liberty & Justice for All exhibit and its efforts to include voices not currently represented in the museum. The educators were very engaged and held a nuanced conversation around how primary sources can help students define concepts of liberty and justice and how those definitions have changed over time.
Tinkering for Tots: Practicing Creativity with Young Learners
At Tinkering for Tots young learners explore new ideas, overcome challenges work with others and make connections. The return of this program in January means that young learners can once again practice the Habits of an Innovator through storytelling, play, artifact exploration and a take-home STEAM activity kit. Since January, we have welcomed over 300 young learners, 13 Pre-K classrooms, and 30 educators to Tinkering for Tots to play, explore and be inspired. We are looking forward to more learners, classrooms, and educators throughout our program in 2023. Please join us at the museum for storytelling, play and exploration January- May and October-December on the second Tuesday of every month for Tinkering for Tots!
Wayne RESA Maker STEM Summit: Focusing on Maker Education
The Henry Ford was honored to host Wayne RESA's Maker STEM Summit on February 16, 2023. Over 200 educators, representing 53 school districts across Michigan, participated in sessions about educational technology, learned how to incorporate maker education in their classrooms, and engaged with hands-on STEM activities. Over 60 participants experienced a museum tour led by members of the Learning & Engagement team that focused on telling stories of past makers and innovators through the lens of the Model i framework and how it can help educators and students today to build innovative mindsets.