In this 45-minute program, Transitional Kindergartners – 3rd graders met with our science educators to explore the lives of South African Penguins. Students observed the penguins in our colony in order to learn about how the structure of their body parts help them survive in their native environment. Students explored what it was like to be a penguin by waddling and swimming like one. Finally, students had the chance to ask their questions on camera or through a chat box about penguins.
This is one example of our Special Live Events hosted online that connect museum science educators to classes who might not get to go on field trips. Science learning is important for everyone. The relevant, real-life skills that people develop when learning science help make everyone better problem-solvers and citizens. Events such as these help teachers connect their students with opportunities to learn science in a larger context, which is important because just like learning another language, science fluency requires immersive learning opportunities.