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Museums in Motion: Responsive Community Engagement Toolkits

Museums in Motion: Responsive Community Engagement Toolkits

The Building for Kids in partnership with the History Museum at the Castle recently developed Museums in Motion: Responsive Community Engagement Toolkits, which aims to address the educational and social needs of local students during this public health crisis.  

Students have been negatively affected by the complications of living, learning, and developing throughout a pandemic, especially due to a lack of access to supplemental learning materials and non-virtual, hands-on opportunities for engagement,” says Beth Vanderloop, Director of Programs and Community Engagement at the BFK. “With Museums in Motion, we hope to support local educators in providing accessible, engaging content that will enhance students’ learning experiences.” 

With the first wave of Museums in Motion, the Building for Kids will be distributing 1200 engagement toolkits to families and children in our community. These kits will be distributed to 1st graders in the Appleton Area School District as well as low income households with students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade, which will be allocated with the assistance of Pillars and Harbor House. 

Each kit contains all of the materials and instructions for six different projects, three developed by the History Museum and three by the BFK. Included projects range from learning about Harry Houdini to experimenting with graphite circuits to creating a mini robot that moves. 

Through this project, the Building for Kids hopes to support the future resiliency of students and their families and mitigate some of the negative impacts of the current public health crisis in our community. Museums in Motion is made possible largely in part by the City of Appleton’s Community Development Block Grant CARES Act Opportunity in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

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