The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Partnership with its Center for Childhood Creativity Named as Partner in 100Kin10

1/29/2015

The Bay Area Discovery Museum and Center for Childhood Creativity commit to advancing the goal of recruiting, preparing and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021

100Kin10, a multi-sector network fueling the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers by providing America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021, has today announced that the Bay Area Discovery Museum in partnership with its Center for Childhood Creativity has been accepted as a partner. 

“We are excited to be a part of this critical movement to bring STEM training to our educators,” said Karyn Flynn, CEO and Executive Director. “This work is critical to activating our mission to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

As part of 100Kin10, this partnership will help the Museum and Center further investment from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support their research-based professional development programs for preschool and elementary educators.

“For a generation, the Museum has been teaching math and science skills to young children through engaging and exploratory exhibits,” said Julie Nicholson, Ph.D., associate professor of practice at the Mills College School of Education. “Their expertise in early childhood development and creativity is an invaluable resource in our community. I am thrilled that the Museum, in collaboration with the Center, is now providing high quality professional learning for teachers, drawing from the latest research in child and cognitive development and focusing on STEM. It is this kind of on-going support teachers need to bring new standards to life in developmentally-appropriate ways that prepare all children to thrive.”  

More and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to preparing America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students—not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools—must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. The Bay Area Discovery Museum is one of the 236 best-in-class 100Kin10 partners that has designed and taken on a specific piece of work to help achieve the goal of 100,000 excellent STEM teachers. 

Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a rigorous vetting process conducted by a team of partner and other experts in education and in STEM. Reviewers seek organizations with strong leadership, a track record of success at implementation, and a well-designed and innovative commitment to action toward expanding, improving, and retaining the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force, or building the 100Kin10 movement.  

To support partners in fulfilling their ambitious commitments and working together to spark innovation, 100Kin10 offers access to exclusive opportunities that build capacity, enable collaboration and shared learning to find new solutions and solve joint challenges, and facilitate funding and access to resources. For example: 

  • Over 95% of partners shared data about their STEM teaching work—including programmatic priorities, components, and outcomes—in response to a network-wide survey, part of 100Kin10’s growing body of research and learning;
  • Thirty partners took part in 100Kin10’s first foray into partner-driven collective action, co-investing in a teacher recruitment campaign that reached over 50 million on social media;
  • More than 115 partners have received grants in support of their programmatic work, totaling over $53 million through 130+ awards; and
  • More than 50 partners applied for and have been awarded over $200,000 in small grants that enable in-person meeting and collaboration to advance their 100Kin10 commitments.

About the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Creative thinking begins early in every child’s life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don’t. It unlocks possibilities and fosters innovation. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed to ignite creative thinking in children. The 7.5 acres of natural beauty inspires families to engage in a world of possibilities. Framed by the majestic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the museum is a space for imaginations to run wild. Every curated detail of our exhibits brings creative thinking to life for all stages of childhood. Navigate winding tunnels to develop physical and intellectual risk-taking skills. Feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity. Imagine new worlds by transforming into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder. At every turn is a new opportunity to challenge the boundaries of creativity.

Now we are taking these experiences beyond our physical location. We launched the Center for Childhood Creativity in 2011 to pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs that advance creative thinking in all children—extending our impact beyond the Museum.

Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

About 100Kin10

100Kin10 is a multi-sector network that responds to the national imperative to train and retain 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. 

A sample of partners is below. A complete list of partners is available on the 100Kin10 website. 

S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (F) • Clinton Global Initiative • Education Pioneers • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (F) • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (F) • Lawrence Hall of Science • Mills College, School of Education • NewSchools Venture Fund (F) • Stanford Teacher Education Program • University of California, Berkeley 

F - Funding Partner

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