Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Cathleen Wiggins

Abstract

The teen program presented in this document was inspired by my own experiences living and attending school in Queens, New York. This program is designed as a museum partnership between the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum, and the Queens County Farm Museum, for the benefit of middle school adolescents living or attending school in Queens, New York. This year long program exposes teens to local museums, connecting three different content areas (STEM, art, and agriculture) in museum settings. During the program, teens will engage with their community on a deeper level, learn through skill based activities, explore social issues through art, and gain knowledge of sustainable agriculture. An exhibition displaying a project of their choice will be displayed at the end of the year. This program seeks out three major goals: to meaningfully engage teens in museum settings, establish mentor relationships between teens and museum educators, and to make connections to their communities and everyday lives. This proposal includes how to execute this type of programming, why it is important, along with curriculum and lesson plans.

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