The Natural History Museum of Utah visits fourth grade with it's Museum on the Move.
Museum on the Move (MoM), is an inquiry-based outreach program that gives 4th grade students the opportunity to work together, as scientists, to conduct science core-aligned investigations through the use of Museum-quality specimens and materials. Museum on the Move is made possible through the generous support of the Utah State Legislature, Utah State Office of Education, and private donors. This funding provides us the opportunity to visit every public and charter school’s 4th grade classroom in Utah in a 3-year rotational period, free of charge. During the 2013-2014 school year, this program reached over 26,000 students in all parts of the state.
A Museum educator facilitates group discussion and guides students in a series of “discovery stations” throughout the 90-minute program. Students collaborate as scientists to observe, discuss ideas and ask questions, make inferences, justify their conclusions, and record their discoveries in meaningful notes, charts, or drawings. The Museum educator also models inquiry-based methods for the classroom teacher, who also engages in the scientific process and discovery alongside their students.