After one visit to a museum, you understand the attraction of artifacts. The objects that people make and use immediately connect us to their values and endeavors, their joys and hardships. If you're like most museum visitors, you also want to TOUCH THE STUFF. Through a U of I Extension and Outreach Initiative grant, the Spurlock Museum has been able to compile new sets of cultural loan kits that can be borrowed for educational use and distribute them throughout Illinois. One set is housed at the Museum. There are 6 boxes to the kit sets, covering ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome, Mesopotamia, China, and India, as well as a box that contains a smattering from each. All the boxes contain cultural artifacts (modern authentic and ancient replica), DVDs, game/activity materials, and a binder with lesson plans, artifact information sheets, and other informational materials. The kits are created for ages 9 through adult, but instructors of younger children may also find them of interest.
The Museum is holding two free workshops on Friday, July 24--one from 9AM to noon and one from 2 to 5 PM--for teachers, librarians, home school parents, scout leaders, and other educators who would be interested in learning about the materials and getting hands-on experience in some of the games and activities. Illinois K-12 educators attending the workshop are eligible to receive 3 ISBE-approved Professional Development Hours (PDH). Seating for the workshops is limited; pre-registration is required.