This summer, kids of all ages were back in person, getting a jumpstart on learning for this school year. Elementary and middle school-age students were making, inventing, and collaborating in KID Museum summer camps, programs delivered through MCPS and DCPS summer schools, and through Montgomery County camps, libraries, and community organizations.
Kids coded sensors for their own Mars Rovers, hacked one-of-a-kind toy creations, and designed wearable gadgets while learning how to collaborate and solve problems creatively. Middle schoolers were introduced to the maker mindset and inventing, both in the classroom and during field trips to The Universities at Shady Grove’s new Biomedical and Engineering Building, where they participated in workshops led by KID Museum educators. Elementary students took part in a variety of dynamic, hands-on programs that tackled Covid recovery head-on
Summer of Impact Highlights:
- More than 5,000 students participated in KID Museum maker learning this summer.
- Of these, 4,500 were from MCPS and DCPS schools that receive Title I funding and other traditionally underserved communities.
- In addition, KID Museum was active throughout the community, engaging more than 350 additional kids from traditionally underserved communities in programming through local libraries and recreation departments.
Summer break may be winding down, but maker learning opportunities are gearing up throughout the region as KID Museum programs expand in school, after-school, and in partnership with community organizations.
Hands-on maker learning unlocks kids’ curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and compassion, giving them lifelong skills for academic, social-emotional, and future workforce success. We are grateful to The Universities at Shady Grove, MCPS, DCPS, the Montgomery County Recreation Department, and all our community partners who helped us make this a Summer of Impact.