The Museum offers two successful outreach programs for PK - 8th grade educators:
Project SENSE has touched the lives of over 80,000 students since its inception in 1989 with the philosophy of "hands-on, minds-on science." Science content and pedagogy are supported concurrently, through summer workshops and distribution of classroom activity kits. Over 400 different activity kits and exhibits are available for teachers to use in their classrooms. Lesson plans are correlated to national and state standards. All consumable materials to perform the experiments are included in the kits. Kits are delivered/picked-up directly to/from the classroom and a full year of curriculum may be ordered at the beginning of the school year. Project SENSE is funded by the Federal Teacher Quality Grants program and Georgia Southern University.
In 2005, Project BESST joined the successful Project SENSE to deliver a hands-on, correlated social studies curriculum in the form of teacher workshops and classroom kits to the region's PK-8th grade social studies teachers. Summer workshops focus on improving teacher content knowledge in the social sciences. Kits contain interactive teaching materials such as reproduction artifacts, costumes and maps, and particularly items that are expensive, cumbersome or difficult to acquire. The initiative is funded by the Federal Teacher Quality Grants program, Georgia Southern University, and a generous start-up gift from the Greene-Sawtell Foundation.
Both programs are coordinated through our outreach office, (912) 478-1115
George Arrington, School Outreach Driver