Fort Worth, TX (April 14, 2020) — Today, the doors of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, contributions through North Texas Giving Day (NTXGD) will support the Museum until a time when its doors can be opened safely. Until then, the Museum will provide extraordinary educational experiences for the North Texas community online. Out-of-school online education programs play a critical role in the PreK-8 grade ecosystem during the current school closure. NTXGD supports the Museum to provide a new online program Digital Lab Online (DLO). Fort Worth ISD, Keller ISD, HEB ISD, and families in the region are submitting science and history questions to Museum staﬀ. Focusing on hands-on education at home, DLO ensures that parents and children experience learning together with content from a trusted local source. To achieve this, the Museum is creating daily on-demand community-based content free of charge. Knowledgeable and friendly scientists, historians, and educators will answer questions and lead families through interactive experiences. The Museum video series uses live animals, historical artifacts, and science demonstrations to engage the public in DLO. During the school closure, the Museum creates daily STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and history content, inspired by questions from our community. This program empowers children to ask questions and provides a place in the community where they are answered personally. Already, the Museum has posted videos on such topics as the How the Texas Underground Railroad Got Slaves to Freedom, What Dinosaurs Lived in North Texas?, and Observe the Moon From Your Backyard!, based on student questions. Student-created science and history content will also be featured – creating a “show and tell” forum to encourage and support families coping with teaching at home. Thank you for being part of our family and contributing to the future of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History! May the learning never stop!
Scout Reed (dog) and Penelope Reed (child), both 4 years old, watch a Discovery Lab Online video.