A few days ago, the American Museum of Natural History hosted more than 3,000 students and teachers from 47 New York City schools in all five boroughs as part of the Google Field Trip Day Program, a nationally sponsored initiative to provide out-of-classroom experiences for underserved students.
The morning began with brief remarks from Ben Fried, Google CIO, a graduate of NYC public schools, and Lisa Gugenheim, the Museum’s senior vice president of institutional advancement, strategic planning, and education in the Museum’s historic Grand Gallery, which features the Great Canoe.
"Google believes that it is vitally important to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and tech entrepreneurs by exposing them to the wonders of the natural world," said Ben Fried, Googles' Chief Information Officer and head of Google's New York office. "That’s why we are thrilled to partner with AMNH to bring over 3,000 students from across the city to the museum today as part of our Google Field Trip Days initiative."
The Museum is one of three NYC cultural institutions to participate in Google’s program and has long been a leader in the public understanding of science through exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives.
“We’re excited to work with Google in furthering the Museum’s commitment to science education, and in driving student’s passion for science,” said Lisa Gugenheim, AMNH’s senior vice president of institutional advancement, strategic planning, and education. “We know that among the hundreds of thousands of young people who visit every year are those who will one day shape the future of our world -- from scientific research and discovery, to the conservation of the planet and the creation of new technologies.”
Participating in hands-on educational activities in subjects ranging from paleontology to anthropology, the young students spent a special day exploring the wonders of the natural world and universe.
As the need for science literacy and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education has grown more over the past two decades, AMNH’s educational programs have been dramatically expanded to leverage its unique scientific and educational resources and to advance new forms of science teaching and learning.
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