When you ask teachers, education experts, and parents of K-12 students, “”What are the most important concepts to teach children in preparation for 21st-century careers?”” very few mention specific classroom content. Most answers will focus on skills, like critical thinking, tenacious problem solving, planning, intellectual curiosity, flexibility…
These skills are e x t r e m e l y hard to teach. Teachers have difficulty incorporating these skills into their classrooms, and parents often feel helpless in supporting their children’s development in these areas.
The Traveling Curiositorium will be a place to practice these skills together, as a community, in unique, thought-provoking ways. Inspired by the radio show and podcast “”Inside A Question,”” the Traveling Curiositorium will offer opportunities for people to generate wonder, make novel discoveries, and learn more about themselves in the process. Each event will ask a specific set of questions, some big, some small, and participants can spend 1-3 hours working on different experiments– blending art, design, storytelling, and imagination– as they create their own answers to the questions of the day.
Creative design challenges, visual art, and personal experience will serve as entry points for developing STEM-skills, like problem solving and building prototypes.
Just like “”Inside A Question,”” the collection of “”experiments”” will help children (and their favorite adults) develop their 21st century skills, and provide some strategies for exploring their daily world together.
Events will take place one weekend each month, in a public space, easily accessible to the public. The event space will change its theme and location each month, in order to sustain past participants and engage audiences from new neighborhoods.
The events will accommodate 150 participants per day (50 – 75 children and their adult caregivers, working together). For students, age 6 – 16, and their adult caregivers.
A website will host free, follow-up materials to download, including “”try at home”” experiments, and ways to continue exploring the arts and culture in the community.
Stories from the Traveling Curiositorium events will be discussed on episodes of “”Inside A Question”” featuring participating artists, educators, and, most importantly, voices of participants attending these events, as they model ways to be curious in exciting new ways.