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How we explore worlds OUTSIDE our MUSEUMS.
At Carnegie Museums, we recognize that our role in the community goes beyond opening our doors to visitors. That’s why we reach out to members of our community who might otherwise not have the chance to experience our museums. And that’s why we create special educational outreach programs that help teachers teach and students think outside the box of a classroom.
Carnegie Science Center’s Science on the Road and the Museum of Natural History’s Science on Stage reach more than 300,000 kids a year in schools throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and well beyond. These science-themed mobile shows aren’t just innovative and fun; they meet national and state education standards, so teachers can integrate them into their lesson plans. And when a visit to a school isn’t possible, the Museum of Natural History’s Distance Learning Program allows students and teachers to interact with museum educators and scientists through videoconferencing. Or, when the audience has special needs, Natural History on the Move reaches children in hospitals or senior citizens at senior facilities.
In 2003, Carnegie Science Center received the Institute of Museums & Libraries Service Award, the nation’s highest honor for community outreach by a museum. It was nomainted again in 2014. In 2011, the Science Center announced the creation of the Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development.
Carnegie Museum of Art works with regional schools throughout the school year to reach kids through art. Kids in social study classes, writing classes, and history classes can open up in ways they never through they could given a creative chance in a really creative environment.
The Andy Warhol Museum makes it its business to give voice to discussions of all kinds through art. The museum’s community programming is as eclectic as the stuff inside an Andy Warhol time capsule (i.e. one of the hundreds of cardboard boxes Andy filled with stuff from daily life). And its youth programs allow teenagers to be teenagers while encouraging them to think a little more like the young adults they really are.