ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently received a $10,000 grant from DTE Energy Foundation to support planning, prototyping and evaluation of its new education outreach program, Energy on the Road.
Energy on the Road will teach students science, technology and engineering through a traveling portfolio of exhibits.
“This grant from the DTE Energy Foundation is a crucial first step in the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s plan to create a new, energy-themed outreach program,” said Mel Drumm, executive director, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “Teachers are looking for opportunities to engage students around science, technology and engineering, especially related to renewable energy. We are thrilled for the opportunity to explore expanding our portfolio of award-winning education programs with Energy on the Road.”
Current plans for Energy on the Road call for it to include exhibit components from three of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s most popular energy exhibits: Waste 2 Watts, Fuel Cell and the Solar Energy Collection.
With funding from the DTE Energy Foundation grant, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will work with non-profit, educational and community organizations across the state to gather input and resources to help bring Energy on the Road to classrooms across Michigan.
The grant also supports creation of a prototype exhibit that will be reviewed by Energy on the Road partners as well as Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum visitors. These early reviews of Energy on the Road will be used to refine the exhibit before its launch as a major outreach program.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Outreach programs educate students in a classroom, library, festival or youth center setting. All programs address objectives outlined in the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and include pre- and post-visit activities.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination of kids of all ages. Annually, it serves over 250,000 visitors. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum also offers distance learning, outreach, field trips, and special events through its education and public programs. The mission of the Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Visit www.aahom.org or call (7340 995-5439 for more information.