Thursday, June 14, 2012

IMLS Learning Labs Grant

by Jessica A. Brody

Tomorrow I'm submitting an application to the Institute of Museums and Libraries Services to their Learning Lab grant. This is the second round the Museum is applying for, Last year the reviewers were apprehensive about our program sustainability. This year we are hoping that the success of the Ceramic Art Program will assuage their concerns. More about the grant from their website:
Grants for Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums will support planning and design activities for spaces that foster experimentation and creativity for middle- and high-school youth in library- and museum-based, out-of-school-time settings. The labs should be grounded in evidence-based research on youth, and should be designed to support youth learning in such 21st century skills as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
So today, while the other Colorado Desert Archaeology Society curation volunteers where hard at work, Jaime gave up her day of artifact curation (something she doesn't get to do often) to talk over the grant (something she often does for work). Her comments were extremely productive and I can't thank her enough for her assistance. In talking over some State Park programs and objectives, we were able to tailor the grant so that the Learning Lab (should our proposal be accepted) will reach an even broader audience.

Two heads are better than one, and it's this type of discussion and interaction that helps make the Museum programs even more effective than we could dream up on our own.

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