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Great Back-to-School Story

August 14, 2009

fossile-1JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —  Just in time for back to school, the Museum of Science & History is hosting an Educators’ Open House.  From 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, teachers who present a school identification card will be granted free admission to the Museum.

The open house will showcase the Museum’s educational offerings to students.  One of the programs MOSH will present is “Energize Me.” This physical science program, new for the 2009-10 school year, was developed to meet the needs of the recently changed science standards.  MOSH works closely with officials from Duval County Public Schools to ensure all programs adhere to Sunshine State Standards.  Teachers will also be treated to a show in the Planetarium. “The Sky Tonight,” which can be adapted for first through twelfth graders, explores the current night sky.

Artifacts and tools from the Museum’s teaching collections will be on display for teachers to examine.  MOSH will also introduce “Teaching Outside the Box,” a teaching tool designed for teachers to integrate into their classrooms.  The boxes, which will rent for $50 for one week and $75 for two weeks, will include hands-on components for children and curriculum guides for teachers.  The Body Box, for example, will contain models of fat and muscle, a memory game that lets students match the healthy organs to unhealthy ones, a BMI machine and a stethoscope.

A scavenger hunt through the Museum will round out the day’s activities.  Eligible entries will be registered to win one free outreach visit by a MOSH educator.  Teachers will also be able to register their classes up for field trips.  For more information, contact Christy Turner, Director of Education, at 904-396-MOSH (6674), ext. 230.

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