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CMSM Blog

Here on the CMSM Blog, we will share the latest happenings from the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, including behind-the-scenes exhibit builds, programming, upcoming events, Museum updates, and more!

Help us design our next exhibit!
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Deb

Help us Develop an Exhibit at CMSM!

Children and parents: we need your help! For both the young and old, the internet has become a vital part of our daily lives. We want to know how you use it. Do you know how it works? This is your opportunity to be involved in the exciting behind-the-scenes process of developing an exhibit! We

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CMSM COVID-19 Pandemic November 18 update
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Brittany

November 18, 2020 COVID-19 Update

CMSM Closing for 4 Weeks In adherence with Governor Walz’s latest Stay Safe MN order, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota temporarily closed, effective November 18. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota will continue to follow guidelines set by Governor Walz, and will reopen as soon as it is deemed safe and allowable. CMSM remains committed

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Museum reopening on October 1
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Brittany

CMSM is Reopening on October 1!

We’ve missed you. So. Much. It is with immeasurable joy we announce that the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota will be reopening at 9am on October 1 on a limited schedule and with new safety protocols in place. Before you plan your visit, please read through the full COVID-19 Reopening FAQs here, but I’ll highlight

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Teen Volunteer Playworker at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
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Chris

Teen Volunteer Playworker Program

For the first time in the history of the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, there is (or at least there was before the global pandemic hit in March) a substantial number of teenagers hanging out at the Museum. However, these teens do not come as guests. They are a part of the Teen Volunteer Playworker

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Where Food Comes From
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Rochelle

Teaching Children Where Their Food Comes From

Today, most Americans are three generations removed from the farm. While we produce most of our food on farms of one type or another, many consumers lack farm experience. Without that, they will also lack the understanding of how this happens. If you ask them, most children will say that their food comes from a

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STEAM Math
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Chris

The Power (and Philosophy) of STEAM Learning, Part 6 – Math

Math is the relationship between things.  The final post of this series on STEAM might very well instigate some feelings of stress among some of its readers. For many individuals, both children and adults, math is a frightening and incomprehensible idea. Indeed, typical math education in the school system has historically done a poor job

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Chris

The Power (and Philosophy) of STEAM Learning, Part 5 – Art

Art is the form that is taken by Technology.  There are many Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math educators who bristle at the idea of including Art as part of the learning process. For many of us, different school subjects equated to different teachers, locations, times, learning objectives, and even a sense of priority. However, we

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Chris

The Power (and Philosophy) of STEAM Learning, Part 4 – Engineering

Engineering is the act of creating Technology.  Engineering is yet another field for which it seems that children today have little understanding. A study conducted by the Science Museum of Boston asked children what came to mind when they thought of engineering. Instead of recognizing engineering as a process, children most often saw it as

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STEAM technology
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Chris

The Power (and Philosophy) of STEAM Learning, Part 3 – Technology

Technology is the use of any object designed by humans to make a task more manageable.  Museum Educators like to ask children what technology means to them. Inevitably, the answers we receive usually have to do with electricity. “Technology is my iPad.” or “Technology are things that have power” are typical responses. A study by

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Science Blog - Experiment
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Chris

The Power (and Philosophy) of STEAM Learning, Part 2 – Science

Science is a way of observing the world and making predictions.  When it comes to STEAM programming, science can typically be classified as a means of thinking and making predictions. According to the Boston Children’s Museum, students are “doing science” when they are “observing and experimenting, making predictions, sharing discoveries, asking questions, and wondering how

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STEAM learning superpowers
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Chris

The Power (and Philosophy) of STEAM Learning – Part 1

Greetings from Chris, your friendly Education and Program Manager at the Children’s Museum! In a series of six posts, we will explore what STEAM learning looks like at the Museum and how we try to encourage it. This is the overview of the whole idea, and each subsequent post will focus on one of the

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AgLab Monarch Exhibit Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
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Rochelle

Caring for Living Things Cultivates Empathy in Children

Has your child ever watered plants in the gardens or talked to animals in the Farmyard? Perhaps they have visited the Ag and Nature Lab to care for cows in the dairy barn, release a monarch, or build like a beaver? Experiences like these help cultivate empathy, an important skill that requires children to imagine

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