Moxi Museum Gears Up for New School Year

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MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation is gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year and has just announced open registration for field trips featuring new educational programming to benefit teachers and students. Local parents can also register their children for a unique afterschool program focused on digital creativity, created in partnership with Katy Perry’s Fireworks Foundation, as well as an Innovators Camp scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving break. Additionally, educators throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are granted free admission to MOXI and are encouraged to visit to experience MOXI’s three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits for themselves to get inspiration for hands-on activities in their classrooms.

Teachers can now register their classes for field trips at a discounted rate with an optional facilitated Engineering Design program add-on. These one-hour lessons demonstrate an implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards with grade-level appropriate ties to physical science standards. An NGSS-aligned curriculum guide including pre- and post-visit activities will be introduced later this school year as well.

“Through our engineering design programs, we hope to not only engage the students, but inspire the teachers to implement similar lessons back in their classrooms. We have heard from teachers in the community that they are hungry for new ideas and ways to meet the demands of the NGSS and MOXI wants to become a trusted resource and partner for them,” said Ron Skinner, director of education at MOXI.

MOXI is also offering afterschool classes in digital creativity through a collaboration with Katy Perry’s Fireworks Foundation. The 8-week-long FireWorkShop at MOXI is designed for youth with an interest in digital imaging, design, composition, recording and mixing. Students will complete a project utilizing a variety of technologies that will end up on display in the museum. The workshop will be offered consecutive Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for different grade levels each of those days. Registration is now open at moxi.org/afterschool.

In addition to the Fireworks Foundation gift, all these education initiatives are, in part, made possible by MOXI’s Education Fund. This fund was established in the spring with a generous matching gift grant from the Babich Family Foundation to inspire others in the community to help support MOXI’s educational programs and outreach. All gifts to the Education Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Babich Family Foundation, effectively doubling the impact of each gift.

Since opening in late February, MOXI has welcomed more than 100,000 guests from across the country who have been engaged by the three floors of hands-on exhibit experiences centered around learning and nurturing the critical thinking skills vital to science, technology, engineering and math-related fields. Nearly 4,000 school children have already visited as well, including students from 17 Title 1 schools.

To learn more about MOXI’s 2017-2018 school year offerings visit moxi.org, email sales@moxi.org or call 805-770-5012.

About MOXI

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation is a 21st century museum dedicated to igniting learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s redeveloped tourist area at 125 State Street, it is LEED-certified Gold and serves children of all ages as well as lifelong learners. The museum’s interactive exhibits, designed by award-winning museum planning firm Gyroscope, Inc. align with the national agenda to boost student achievement in math and science. MOXI is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, or to learn how to get involved, visit moxi.org or contact MOXI at 805-770-5000.

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