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"The presentation of Simple Mechanics with Grades 1-4 in the gym was beyond a shadow of doubt, the best exercise in experiential learning that I have witnessed as an administrator of over 10 years.  It had all of the elements of a great lesson and all of the students were actively engaged and enjoying learning.  It was a special moment for our school."
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~Greg Betti, Principal, Stamford Elementary School
In 2013, the Museum started working with the Stamford Elementary School to develop a new facet to our education programs.  We were focused on inquiry-based learning with an emphasis on the unique resources of the museum and getting outdoors. 
 
Together, museum and school staff have designed three years of programming to engage students in grades 1-4 and support the school's existing science curriculum.  We worked to integrate elements of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
 
Live animals, natural history artifacts, multi-media presentation as well as outdoor exploration and inquiry-based activities were woven together to follow the NGSS cross-cutting concepts of Patterns and Structure and Function.
The teachers loved it, the kids loved it and as you can see from the quote above, the principal liked it too. 
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If you are interested in learning more, or scheduling a Science Essentials series at your school, please contact the Museum education staff at vermontmuseum@gmail.com for a free consultation.
Some past program topics:
Science Essentials programs will include:
We are offering these programs in series of 6, 8 or 10 presentations.
Contact the Museum for more information or to schedule Science Essentials at your school.
Vermont Museum of Natural History 7599 VT Route 9, West Marlboro, VT 05363
(802) 464 0048 museum@sover.net