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We invite all local and regional teachers to a special Teacher In-Service event to learn more about the Things Come Apart special exhibit at the museum.
Please complete the following form to RSVP
From July 15–October 8, 2017, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be hosting a special exhibit designed and developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) entitled Things Come Apart. With this exhibit will come some unique education opportunities for our community’s students, including visual learning of engineering and design concepts within the exhibit gallery as well as hands-on experience in the form of activity kits accompanying Things Come Apart.
This exhibit and its activity kits provide lessons that can be inserted directly into your existing STEAM-based curricula and can be used to satisfy many state learning standards.
The activity kits focus on:
Invent-A-Vehicle: Visitors sketch and then build a vehicle to solve specific transportation challenges. Vehicles are made from reusable material and components are scaled to encourage collaboration, imaginative play, and real functional testing. This activity kit can be used very effectively with structured groups, though large groups will need to be split into smaller groups of 3—6 students each.
Shaping Space: Visitors use their imagination and the provided construction materials to find inventive ways to shape spaces that meet varying engineering and architectural challenges. Shaping Space can be used very effectively with structured groups, though large groups will need to be split into smaller groups of 3—6 students each.
Soundscapes: Visitors design and assemble wooden blocks, noise-making elements, and marbles to create sound pathways and music. They explore different configurations and try marbles of different sizes and materials to produce the sounds they’re looking for. This collaborative activity kit works well with smaller groups.
Activity Kits were developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation’s Spark!Lab and align with the following Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations for Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science:
A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
B: Developing Possible Solutions
C: Optimizing the Design Solution
There are many state learning standards of Physical Science and Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science that can be addresses by the Things Come Apart exhibit and activity kits, as well as several standards in other disciplines.
For any questions about the event, please contract firstname.lastname@example.org.