Spring 2005 Forward to a Friend

Throughout the last 10 years, the Garden State Discovery Museum has had an immeasurable effect within its home community of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and the surrounding area. Along with being one of the top U.S. museums for children, its outreach program has helped teach science and technology to local children and their teachers.

A New Home

The Discovery Museum's non-profit outreach into the community includes programs available for festivals and after-school science programs. Workshops that count toward teacher professional development credits often are provided free of charge.

Until now, these educational programs and the interactive displays have been dependent upon the Discovery Museum’s facilities. Thanks to funding through its partnership with Subaru of America Foundation, space has been outfitted to house offices and a teacher resource room, which will double as a classroom, in the new Subaru Center for Learning.

Expanded Community Service

The Subaru Center for Learning is the headquarters for Museum on the Move – traveling educational and interactive science programs that include giant bubbles, musical instruments, face painting and more. Museum on the Move gives credence to the Discovery Museum’s slogan: “You can visit the museum, or the museum can visit you.”

The center also offers a wide variety of after-school programs for children, and it has adopted a stronger focus on workshops for teaching about science. Workshops include materials and curriculum support for prekindergarten through third grade teachers.

Center-trained teachers use Stuffee to help kids learn about the human body and good nutrition.
Museum Director Roree Iris-Williams and Subaru Center for Learning Director Nancy Ryan believe that working with teachers is one of the best ways to ultimately reach students. Thanks to Subaru of America Foundation, more than 1,000 teachers will receive science and technology training in 2005. In turn, they will reach more than 300,000 children.

(Read more about the museum in the Winter 2004 issue of Drive, which can be accessed at www.drivesubaru.com.)

Spring 2005