The Tennessee Rural Impact Project (TnRIP)

September 1st, 2021 - August 30th, 2024 | PROJECT

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, in partnership with six science centers and museums, will promote and invest in science education in rural communities with limited museum access. This coalition will work with two cohorts of rural school communities (12 total) and focus on engaging, learning from, and supporting rural school districts, teachers, families, and communities through relationship building, asset mapping, and the collaborative integration and implementation of museum resources. Additional activities include the production of publications, virtual presentations, and a virtual tool kit. The project will illustrate the ways in which museums can collaborate to support STEM and literacy at the K-2 level, enhance teacher self-efficacy, attitudes and beliefs, and engage family and community, strengthening services for Americans who live in the most rural areas.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Dale McCreedy, Principal Investigator, Discovery Center at Murfree Spring


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: National Leadership Grants - Museums
Award Number: MG-249465-OMS-21
Funding Amount: $941,787


Access and Inclusion: Rural
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: General STEM | Literacy
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs