The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego. Photo courtesy of the museum

The New Children’s Museum and San Diego Gas & Electric have partnered to create STEAM-based learning kits and workshops for nine San Diego groups that serve youths.

The “pARTners in Creativity” access program will benefit nine groups to promote hands-on exploration for students:

  • Autism Tree Project Foundation
  • Barrio Logan College Institute
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • San Diego Center for Children
  • Support the Enlisted Project
  • Vista Hill
  • Voices for Children
  • Words Alive
  • United Service Organization

SDG&E’s support allowed for the creation of 1,800 STEAM Kits, along with virtual workshops for families to mark Earth Month this April. 

The museum’s arts education team created four different kits with the theme Celebrating Our Planet, emphasizing the use of recycled materials.

The kits use concepts from science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). They include lesson plans, links to video tutorials and art supplies to complete the activities.

The projects are inspired by the challenges in the Museum’s makerspace, Innovators LAB. For grades K-2, there’s a “Bug Build and Geo Gardens” kit, while grades 3-6 receive “Earth-Inspired Marble Maze and Weaving” kits.

The children’s museum made a shift during the pandemic to focus on online programming, while providing arts-based learning kits.

“STEAM learning is a key part of our efforts to engage children to think critically and utilize problem solving skills,” said Amy Gray, the museum’s senior arts education manager.

The museum plans one more free virtual Zoom workshop for families who have received the kits, at 10 a.m. May 15.

The STEAM Kits also are available for purchase on the museum’s online store.

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