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Howtosmile At-Home Activities

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Project overview

This Children's Creativity Museum, in partnership the Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley, and a cohort of museums from the NISE Network, updated, refreshed, and retooled existing digital infrastructure to meet the needs of informal educators offering at-home STEM educational programming during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The project brought together over a dozen museums across the U.S to expand the Howtosmile digital library, which provides high-quality STEM activities to an active community of informal educators through best practices in digital resource management-with almost 3,500 cataloged resources. The project also updated the digital Library's legacy cataloging system to reduce complexity and increase security.

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This new network of museums documented their shared practices with a new At-Home Activities Framework focused on learning at home. The framework is a list of recommended activity criteria, including accessible guides, low-cost materials, caregiver support, relevance, and creativity, informed by exemplars, established design principles, and educational research. Partner museums used the framework was used to revise their own content and curate a new collection on howtosmile that showcases the best hands-on STEAM activities for learners at home. 

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Download the Howtosmile At-Home Activities Framework



This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services #CAGML-246996-OMLS-20.