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Summary of the educational aspects of multi-museum partnerships, looking at the Kids Discover the Trail! program in Ithaca, New York. Presented at the 2012 ASTC conference.

Summary of the educational aspects of multi-museum partnerships, looking at the Kids Discover the Trail! program in Ithaca, New York. Presented at the 2012 ASTC conference.

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  • The education component of multi-museum partnerships can become a great way to introduce children in a community to the cultural resources in their own backyards.KDT = Kids Discover the Trail, in its 8th year
  • -visitors who go to one site and learn about multi-museum partnerships are likely to visit other sites
  • - Children tell younger siblings and friends about their previous trips, so kids known what to look forward to in each grade level

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  • PLAYING WELLWITH OTHERS: ALOOK AT MULTI- MUSEUMPARTNERSHIPS ASTC 2012
  • Speakers: Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (Poughkeepsie, NY) MadlynRunberg, Director of School Programs, Natural History Museum of Utah (Salt Lake City) Christina Akers, Exhibit Developer, Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul) Sean Rooney, Senior Science Educator, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Portland)
  • Education
  • KDT Components: 1 DT site per grade level (PreK-5th) Free field trip + transportation Age-appropriate and content-linked book provided to each child “Buddy-up” system
  • Grade 2 – Sciencenter: “Power the Future” program Grade level book: “Our Earth, Clean Energy” Pre- and Post-Visit Activities (molecule making, info on climate change and wind energy, Draft Detectors/Draft Catchers)
  • Teacher ProfessionalDevelopment: Trips are scheduled through a district-wide elementary teacher meeting Meeting components:- Intro to goals of KDT- Grade-level breakout sessions- Educators give overview of program and distribute pre- and post-visit activities- Trip scheduling
  • Community Impact Defined and planned links to community organizations that might be overlooked Cross-Tourism Partnerships make a community a destination
  • Education Impact: KDT serves ALL students, regardless of finances; 100% classroom participation Schools are guaranteed field trips; field trips become well-known special events Teachers becomecollaborators in thepartnership and formrelationships with sites
  • Education in the Community Ithaca Fest Parade Community Book Fest Full Circle Celebration Expansion around the county?