Committed to ensuring that visitors leave the future Museum with new insights into the important and exciting role of the USCG as a leader in innovation, the National Coast Guard Museum Association was delighted to receive a $75,000 grant from The Richard Lounsbery Foundation to further the foundation's mission of investing in novel projects and forward-thinking ideas that strengthen children's performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines.
Known as the Museum Education Initiative (MEI), the effort provided the blueprint for an engaging visitor experience through STEM-learning objectives and interactive exhibits that will be integrated into the building and exhibit design.
MEI members from across the Nation include USCG historians, exhibit designers, and subject matter experts, who are working together through a series of workshops, panels and community forums to design learning experiences in three areas of exploration:
Encountering a virtual shipmate of the USCG.
Simulating USCG qualification goals.
Enhancing the primary and secondary school curricular.
A Museum Exhibit Advisory Panel (MEAP), a blue ribbon panel of distinguished Coast Guard champions, has also been called upon to provide advice as to how best to present the themes, stories and artifacts that will be on display at the National Coast Guard Museum.
Exploration and INteractive learning
Inside The Proposed STem Center
Throughout the Museum and in a dedicated area, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts will be explored with interactive classroom sessions, hands-on lab work, and simulators designed to illustrate USCG activities on the following subjects:
Global Maritime Environment
Maneuvering Boards/Relative Motion and Physics
Buoyancy and Stability
Survival at Sea (Health Science)
The Museum may also partner with K-12 school districts to provide expert STEM programming that integrates best practices and research from centers such as:
National Science Foundation
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
The Museum will present a continuum of learning experiences that increase in complexity and provide opportunities for students to improve knowledge and understanding of concepts.
Inspiring tomorrow's leaders
Experience Will encourage range of careers
The vital responsibilities of the USCG are carried out by highly trained men and women who perform these missions with honor, respect, and devotion to duty. Knowing that, the Museum will inspire interest for careers in maritime, aeronautics, engineering, mathematics and the USCG. Coast Guard innovations will also encourage visitors to think about solutions for the challenges and problems our world faces.