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Grand Rapids Public Museum Rolls Out New Discovery Kit Program for Teachers to Use Artifacts in Classrooms

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today that it is rolling out a new Discovery Kit Program that will loan GRPM artifacts and specimens to teachers for use in their classrooms.

Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities.

“Discovery Kits are a great way to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit,” said Erin Koren, Learning Specialist at the GRPM. “Learning that is hands-on with artifacts and specimens allows students to expand their understanding of classroom concepts. Museum objects provide tangible examples of the content and allow students to make connections.”

The Discovery Kit Program is now taking requests for a variety of kits available. Kits span the breadth of the GRPM Collections including the topics of fossils, music, Anishinabek culture, space, zoology and more. Discovery Kits are loaned to classrooms for one week to supplement learning.

Teachers can sumbit a request for a Discovery Kit at grpm.org/schools. Kits are $25 per loan, with resources available to cover this cost if it is prohibitive to a classroom.

For more information on visiting the GRPM with classes, including guided education program opportunities, please visit grpm.org/schools and start your reservation today.