Last year marked five years since KID Museum opened its doors to the public as an experiential museum and community learning space where we equip the next generation with the skills to invent the future. We’ve now served 286,000 kids, youth, and community members through our programs and events, and we are poised to grow our impact exponentially in the years ahead.
2020 is a visionary year, and we are already feeling a shift in energy. We have seen a record-number of teams registering for this year’s Invent the Future Challenge, one of the region’s largest science, invention, and design competitions. Each year, we invite middle schoolers to work in teams and invent a solution to a global sustainability issue. Each year, we are blown away by the ingenuity of our young people.
As an organization, we’re focused on another kind of sustainability—creating a path to longevity and long-term impact for all the students, educators, and families that we serve. Here’s what you can expect from us in the coming year:
- We will grow our impact and visibility in the community through deeper partnerships with local companies. Starting this spring, KID Museum will partner with Pepco to offer enriching, engaging, hands-on learning at their WaterShed Sustainability Center.
- We will showcase education innovations that put kids and youth in the driver’s seat of their own learning experiences through hands-on, maker, and interactive approaches. KID Museum is excited to partner with Washington International School (WIS) in bringing the Remake Learning Days festival to the DMV for the first time ever this spring. It’s happening April 23-May 16, 2020. Visit the festival website to learn more.
- We will explore opportunities for government, foundations, and corporations to invest in approaches that will achieve more equitable outcomes for all students and create a pipeline of talent with the skills for the future. We are co-hosting a Community Conversation to explore the theme, “Investing in our Innovation Pipeline, Building our Shared Future,” on Thursday, March 5. We hope to see you there.
Over the next year and beyond, I hope to stay in conversation with all of you who are at the forefront of leading change in education for our kids everyday. Each month, we will invite an educator, school leader, or community partner to contribute to our 2020 InnoVision Series. Please follow us on LinkedIn and subscribe to our new monthly newsletter to read these thought-provoking pieces on how we can shape the future of education, work, and tech innovation together.