We will partner with schools

In the last 10 years, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums formally trained more than 400,000 teachers, supporting science curricula with effective teaching materials and hands-on opportunities. A 2009 National Research Council report found "abundant evidence that these programs and settings contribute to people's knowledge and interest in science" and that they can "significantly improve outcomes for individuals from groups that are historically under-represented in science."


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  • Museums spend more than $2 billion a year on education activities; the typical museum devotes three-quarters of its education budget to K-12 students.
  • Museums help teach the state and local curriculum, tailoring their programs in math, science, art, literacy, language arts, history, civics and government, economics and financial literacy, geography, and social studies.
  • Museums receive approximately 55 million visits each year from students in school groups.
  • Students who attend a field trip to an art museum experience an increase in critical thinking skills, historical empathy and tolerance. For students from rural or high-poverty regions, the increase was even more significant.
  • Teachers, students and researchers benefit from access to trustworthy information through online collections and exhibits, although many museums need more help enhancing online access and developing their digital collections.
  • Museum websites serve a diverse online community, including teachers, parents and students (including those who are home-schooled).
  • Children who visited a museum during kindergarten had higher achievement scores in reading, mathematics and science in third grade than children who did not. This benefit is also seen in the subgroup of children who are most at risk for deficits and delays in achievement.

Indiana Fun World will offer professional development for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and elementary teachers through an innovative program called Future Scientists which is aimed at improving the quality of science instruction in their classrooms.

Specifically, the mission of this program is to: 

  • Increase the confidence of teachers providing science instruction to students 
  • Increase the competence of teachers’ science knowledge to improve instruction 
  • Provide more creativity and creative choices in the science classroom
  • Increase the consistency at which science is taught in the classroom and on campuses.

Future Scientists schools will be chosen through an application process.

Once campuses are chosen, Indiana Fun World works in collaboration with the school and provides real-time campus support. Indiana Fun World will assist teachers in development of lessons to share and model. We will train teachers in the application of our museum and aquarium created science kits. 

Our aquarium & museum will provide interactive lessons, webcast lessons and we will also plan and implement at least one Family Science Night during the academic school year.

We will observe science lessons and provide feedback to teachers. 

Indiana Fun World will present our Teacher’s Guide in a high-quality printed guide that outlines the educational programs available at Indiana Oceans and The Living Dinosaurs Museum & Park. The Teacher’s Guide will also posted in a downloadable format on our website.

Guides will be distributed at schools and other large educator meetings. Indiana Fun World educators will also personally distribute Guides to science teachers in the Region at the beginning of each school year. In total, Indiana Fun World plans to distribute 30,000 printed Teacher’s Guides each year and receive several thousand page views of our online version. 

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