Launched in 2014, this innovative STEM-based educational outreach program started carrying out the mission and goals of the organization in advance of the doors of our facility opening up to the public by bringing the excitement of the planned programs and activities directly to children and families in Southern California.
The CCL Museum-on-Wheels is designed for pre-K through 8th graders and can accommodate groups up to 40 participants or more depending on the type of prorgam. Workshops and programs are available to a variety of audiences, including schools, after-school programs, libraries, hospitals, festivals, summer camps, community centers, and faith-based organizations.
The organization's educational programming utilizes an overarching child development learning platform based on experiential learning theory (ELT), which learning theorist David Kolb described as "the process for whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience".
During the workshops, children experience and act on their own original creative thought along with opportunities to process and reflect upon their unique experiences. The goal is that children will be able to generalize what they have experienced at the CCL and apply their newfound creativity to everyday life, whether it is a similar or different situation. Furthermore, experiential learning focuses on individualized education meaning all children who attend a Museum-on-Wheels program will have a one of a kind creative learning experience.
Specific activities include role-playing to bring stories and personalities to life; various art disciplines introducing children to new ways of seeing and thinking; activities supporting increased patience, concentration, and processing and sequencing skills; and providing a rich sensory environment through musical instrument activities.
The educational programs are facilitated directly on-site at different locations all around Orange County. The Child Creativity Lab provides all materials, educational programming, artist/creativity educators, assistants, and volunteers for each Museum-on-Wheels program. Programs are primarily geared towards children in the age of 5 - 11 and can accommodate up to 40 children at a time. The available staff/volunteer to child ratio is approximately 6:1.
STRATEGIC GOALS OF THE MUSEUM-ON-WHEELS
- Support California Department of Education initiatives aimed at bringing diverse activities with a distinct variety of stimuli, entertainment, and creativity-building tools.
- Enhance 21st century skills in children in an effort to prepare children for an increasingly competitive economy that demands critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation.
- Demonstrate the value of a children's museum focused on enhancing creativity.
- Gain an experiential track record for our organization, staff, and volunteers that will also allow for the testing and refinement of program concepts.
For information about how to get the CCL Museum-on-Wheels to attend your event or facility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.