Inspiring Minds: Capacity Building for STEM Education

October 1st, 2014 - September 30th, 2016 | PROJECT

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will enhance its staff capacity and train current educational staff in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education delivery, both of which will increase its ability to deliver interpretive tours and programming around the newly opened permanent exhibition, “Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology.” The project will include hiring a full-time STEM educator to work with education and archival staff to create and implement a family learning approach to the sciences in the rich context of African American history and culture. A training facilitator will develop a cohort of STEM interns and train current staff educators to present STEM learning experiences. At the conclusion of the project, the museum will have increased staff capacity and widespread expansion and integration of STEM opportunities for the youth, families, and schools of Detroit.

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Team Members

Robert Smith, Principal Investigator, Museum of African American History


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
Award Number: MH-00-14-0023-14
Funding Amount: $150,000


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Families | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: General STEM | History | policy | law
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Museum and Science Center Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs