Spots Are Limited…Register for Summer Camp Today!

Want to make sure your kids have adventurous stories to tell about their summer break when it’s time to return to school? If so, be sure to sign them up for one of our hands-on, high-energy camps this summer. Under the direction of our new Camp Coordinator, Kelsey Smith, your kids will swing through the Amazon on a Rainforest Adventure or learn to code at our Robot Workshop.

This year we’re also excited to announce a new partnership with Murfreesboro City Schools. All summer campers will receive breakfast and lunch courtesy of MCS. All you have to do is drop the kids off each morning and we’ll make sure their minds and bellies are filled with the good stuff!

Registration is officially open to the public, so be sure to reserve your space before they’re gone. Click here to see the complete list of summer camp offerings!

Building Evaluation to Advance Learning

On Monday, we officially kicked off our Building Evaluation to Advance Learning (EvAL) project with a workshop led by Dr. Jessica Luke from the University of Washington Museology program. Rather than jumping right in to create evaluation mechanisms, the workshop focused on learning frameworks in museums using Indianapolis, Providence, and Minneapolis as examples. Interspersed among Discovery Center staff were professors and graduate students from Psychology and Early Childhood Education departments at MTSU. Their academic and research leanings certainly made discussions more comprehensive and we look forward to working with them for the duration of this project. Moving forward, we will work with Dr. Jessica Sickler as we learn to research, think, and design like evaluators.

The overall goal of Building EvAL is not to turn Discovery Center into a research machine but is to help DC staff and stakeholders adopt an evaluator mindset. In doing so, we hope to see the sustainable growth of programs and exhibits, increased quality of content delivery, and better alignment with trends in informal education. The Building EvAL project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).