American Museum of Natural History
Moveable Museum Program “Discovering the Universe”
visits P.S. 225.
Through a program established by the NYC Department of
Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council, eighth grade students at P.S.
225 in District 21 were able to explore the Museum
of Natural History’s Moveable Museum,
a 37-foot long vehicle loaded with exhibits and hands on science activities,
which visited the school on December 8th. The Moveable Museums are state-of-the-art
walk-in exhibition spaces that are housed in converted recreational
vehicles. The program’s goal is to bring
unique leaning experiences from the American
Museum of Natural History
into the communities of the five boroughs.
Councilman Dominic M. Recchia, Jr. recommended P.S. 225 for
participation in this unique program because of its diverse population, which
includes students from over 35 countries and an ELL population that comprises
44% of the student population. Moveable
Museum Educators Rebecca Hampden and Jude Maragliano, along with P.S. 225
Science Teachers Anna Hernandez and Lori Izen, conducted classroom lessons and
then led students through various exhibits and experiments on the Moveable
Museum, including ‘The 3D Universe’, ‘Gravity’ and ‘Telescopes’.
In addition, students were presented with complimentary passes to the American Museum of Natural History so that they
could visit the museum with their families.
“This is so cool. I
can’t believe they brought the museum to us”, said eighth grader Rachel
Basevich as she worked at the Gravity exhibit.
Another eighth grader, Anthony Vodopyanov, said that this was “the most
fun” he’s had at school this year.