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State of Education: Education outside of the classroom
We're finishing up what's known as mid-winter recess, where schools are out of session. But that doesn't mean the learning is discontinuing! Vince Gallagher reports.
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Many museums across New York State have programs they offer students during this recess.
"We have hands-on activities every day from 12:30 to 2:30 and then a hidden power demonstration from 2:30 to 3:30," said Lauren Swift, Schenectady Museum Educator.
Museum programs like this spark a student’s interest in topics that yet again continue to be important throughout the entire nation: science, technology, engineering, and math - otherwise known as STEM.
"And we can have them design things, see how they work. They can re-design things, which is what STEM is all about," said Swift.
Museum visitors are enjoying other activities during this winter break, including the shadow room. There is another station that demonstrated a little pedal power for a light bulb, and the classic static electricity fun - literally a hair raising experience.
But in addition to all this fun, there's another point: learning is always good for kids, even when they're not in their classroom.
"Actually learning away from school is the perfect opportunity for more hands-on work that parents can do with their own children," said Swift.