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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

CASPNNM-Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy Science Partnership

The partnership between the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (CASPNNM) and Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy successfully kicked off with a week-long summer intersession program! Museum educators from CASPNNM worked with preschool – 9th grade students and teachers in inquiry-based lessons focused around the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Science and Engineering Practices. The theme for the week was “We are Scientists,” and students practiced being scientists by making careful observations, collecting data, and asking important questions while learning from the Museum collections, which included both living and preserved specimens. The “We are Scientists!” program culminated with a field trip to the Nature Museum, in which students participated in outdoor workshops on the museum’s grounds, made close observations of living animals, and made connections to their learning as they explored the Museum.

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, CASPNNM educators will support Tolton teachers and students in their classrooms and at the Museum in order to make connections across science learning experiences. Museum educators will model best practices in science education, provide curricula and resources for teachers to strengthen their science teaching, and incorporate unique Museum resources to enhance learning and encourage personal connections and authentic science learning experiences. The CASPNNM-Tolton partnership will also involve professional development sessions for teachers focused around inquiry-based learning, Next Generation Science Standards, and utilizing museum resources.

CASPNNM’s mission is to create a positive relationship between people and nature through collaborations, education, research and collections, exhibitions, and public forums to grow our region’s urban connection to the world of nature and science. The Education Department offers a variety of education programs for students and teachers throughout the year, both in the school and at the museum. CASPNNM also offers a host of teacher resources to help educators enhance their science teaching in the classroom. Learn more about the Nature Museum here: