Professional Development

Early Childhood Education || Educator Night Out || Maker Education

The Amazeum is proud to be an AR Department of Education approved content provider for teacher professional development opportunities. From maker education to early childhood play-based techniques, the Amazeum is the place to hone, expand, and take new leaps in your teaching skills! Advanced registration and payment required.

Educator Night Out SOLD OUT! 

Mix and mingle with fellow educators and receive ADE credit at our next Educator Night Out Thursday, February 22, from 6 - 8 pm.  Educator Night Out features opportunities for educators to explore the Amazeum, connect with colleagues, and discover incredible ways to use the Amazeum in your classroom. Local educators will partner with the Amazeum team to lead sessions on how connecting the Amazeum with your classroom lights a passion for STEAM in students. An evening at the Amazeum wouldn’t be complete without time to be a big kid, so come ready to play in the exhibit hall including the traveling exhibition Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™.

School teachers, administrative staff, and homeschool educators are all welcome to attend this free event. You don’t want to miss this incredible night out filled with practical ideas, giveaways, and delicious food and drink! Advanced registration is required- click here to register

Maker Education 

Skill Swaps
Skill Swaps are workshops where you can learn new tinkering skills and build upon the skills that you already have while experimenting first hand with ideas and materials. The Amazeum will lead an exchange of making/tinkering based skills and hands-on activities in order to develop your own tinkering and implementation with your students. Workshops are designed with teachers in mind but out of school time providers and libraries are encouraged to attend. Skill Swaps are ADE-approved for professional development credit. 

  • Shakey Machines Skill Swap
    Date: March 15, 2018 at 4:00-6:00pm 
    Fee: $15 per person 
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum

    Ready to shake things up with motors and batteries? Join the Amazeum team for a workshop all about bots! Bots that move, bots made out of everyday items, bots that can make art, and more! Shakey Machines Skill Swap will jump start electrical discovery in your school.

    Advanced registration and payment: click here to register 

  • Makey Makey Skill Swap
    Date: May 17, 2018 at 4:00-6:00pm
    Fee: $15 per person
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum

    This Skill Swap will focus on the creative tool called Makey Makey. We’ll explore how you can start inventing with a Makey Makey out of the box and how you and your students can take it further by combining it with Scratch to experiment with basic programming. Join us as we investigate this simple tool for incorporating technology into the classroom that has endless creative possibilities!

    Advanced registration and payment: click here to register 

Tinkering 101 Workshop
Are you asking yourself ‘what is tinkering’ or ‘how do I start tinkering in my classroom’? Then this is the workshop for you! Tinkering studios and makerspaces are growing in popularity among schools, museums, and libraries. But what is tinkering and making? Does this approach to learning really belong in schools? If it does, then what are the best practices for implementing tinkering in a classroom setting? As the leading resource for student based tinkering in NWA, the Scott Family Amazeum will share insights and strategies including opportunities to sample tinkering experiences.

Date: April 12, 2018 at 4:00-7:00pm 
Fee: $25 per person 
Location: Scott Family Amazeum, 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville AR

Advanced registration and payment: click here to register
Tinkering 101 is an ADE-approved event for professional development credit.

Early Childhood Education Professional Development 

STEAM for Early Childhood
2 hour professional development workshop
Recommended for early childhood teachers/providers of children ages 3-5 years
STEAM for Early Childhood workshop is for adults only

Young children are naturally driven to explore, play, and wonder about how and why things work. This workshop is designed to inspire confidence in exploring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) topics. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, educators will gain resources and teaching strategies to integrate STEAM into the early childhood classroom and practice techniques in guiding children in play-based facilitation.

  • Breaking STEAM apart and putting it back together for your classroom
  • Focus on process, not just outcomes; Support learning through play investigation
  • Creating provocations (challenges) that engage children in constructing knowledge

Click here for the early learning standards addressed in STEAM for Early Childhood workshop

Private Workshop:
Date: to be determined in collaboration with Amazeum 
Fee: $150 for a two-hour PD workshop for up to 30 participants (minimum of 10 participants)
Location: Scott Family Amazeum (if space permits) OR at your site (additional $50 mileage fee for sites over 45 miles from Amazeum)
Advanced registration and payment required by contacting Director of Education at mporter@amazeum.org

Object Play: Enriching Early Learner Environments
2 hour professional development workshop
Recommended for early childhood teachers/providers of children ages 9-60 months
Object Play workshop is for adults only

Object-rich environments provide meaningful, open-ended learning that is an effective way to help children develop their imagination, creativity, and to deepen critical thinking and problem solving skills. This workshop is designed to guide teachers’ understanding and practice of providing natural and recycled materials in the classroom and how to support children’s process of investigation and active exploration. Through this workshop, early childhood teachers and providers will

  • Discover the importance and benefits of object play in children’s learning and development
  • Identify strategies for supporting children’s object play
  • Make connections between themes and objects

Click here for the early learning standards addressed in Object Play workshop

Two workshop formats available: individual participation or private workshop

  • Individual Participation:
    Date: April 9, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm
    Fee: $20 per person
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum
    Advanced registration and payment: click here to register for Object Play
    Registration closes April 5, 2018 at 12:00pm

  • Private Workshop:
    Date: to be determined in collaboration with Amazeum 
    Fee: $150 for a two-hour PD workshop for up to 30 participants (minimum of 10 participants)
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum (if space permits) OR at your site (additional $50 mileage fee for sites over 45 miles from Amazeum)
    Advanced registration and payment required by contacting Director of Education at mporter@amazeum.org

 

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The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families located in Bentonville, Ark. A museum with a foundation in the arts and sciences, the Amazeum encourages creativity, curiosity and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops and camps. Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub, nearly one acre of outdoor space, and ever-evolving daily pop-up activities.

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Hours

Mon: 10 am - 5 pm
Tues: closed
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year's Day (Jan. 1)
Please check our calendar for other variations of our hours.

Admission

Members - FREE
Kids under 2 years - FREE
Adults & Kids - $9.50

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Copyright © 2018 Scott Family Amazeum

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