September 7, 2018

Student Docent Day at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Eighth graders from the Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School will be hosting Student Docent Days throughout the 2018/2019 school year at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. As part of their Place Based Design class, students will choose an artifact from the Museum’s Collections and through their classwork and research, will design a story to guide Museum visitors to a deeper understanding of their chosen artifact and how it relates to existing exhibits.

Eighth graders from the Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School will be hosting Student Docent Days throughout the 2018/2019 school year at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. As part of their Place Based Design class, students will choose an artifact from the Museum’s Collections and through their classwork and research, will design a story to guide Museum visitors to a deeper understanding of their chosen artifact and how it relates to existing exhibits.

“This project is a culmination of what the students have learned and experienced throughout their time at the middle school,” said Erin Koren, Learning Specialist for the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “Student Docent Day is so valuable because it allows students to share their work with a real audience; their interpretation will provide GRPM visitors and field trip groups with an engaging, fresh perspective on our exhibits.”

The first Student Docent Day will take place on Wednesday, September 26 from 1:15 to 3 p.m. Additional Student Docent Days throughout the school year will take place on December 5, 2018 and February 27, 2019. The general public is encouraged to visit the Museum for the Student Docent Days, which will be included with general admission to the Museum.

Grand Rapids Public Museum School

The Grand Rapids Public Museum School is the product of an ongoing educational collaboration between the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, the City of Grand Rapids, and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. The school is a Grand Rapids Public School Center of Innovation, and will eventually serve grades 6th through 12th. The school uses progressive teaching utilizing design thinking techniques, an immersive environment, and real-life experiences that inspire passionate curiosity, nurture creative problem solving, cultivate critical thinking, and instigate innovation. The school currently serves 180 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and 90 students in 9th grade. For more information, please visit: http://publicmuseumschool.org/.