Educational and cultural institutions across the city have adapted their programs to meet the changing needs of families during the Coronavirus pandemic. For the Bronx Children’s Museum, this meant bringing their science programs directly to families at home through their new STEAM Launch Kits! A true team effort, museum staff assembled over 1000 kits to be distributed through partner schools in the South Bronx.
“Part of our program is being in schools, being in the community, and that had to stop for a little while. So, the museum came up with this project. They figured, ‘We don’t want to stop our program. We don’t want to stop helping the kids and their caregivers.’” shared Lee Michel, a Bronx Children’s Museum board member, to the News 12 Bronx team.
The Launch kits were supported in part by WNET as part of the Ready Go Science! program, which aims to bring high quality science and literacy learning to families of young children in the community. Ready Go Science! has also adapted other programs this year from in-person events to virtual family workshops and professional development for teachers.
Families can find more STEM at-home learning activities at wnet.org/education/families.