DuPage Children's Museum Hosts Fifth-Annual Educators Only Open House

Event features wisdom of Mr. Rogers and his continuing legacy in educating children.

Generations of adults who grew up learning about the world around them by watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” will be comforted to know the spirit of the television show is alive and well, and is bringing that spirit to Naperville Oct. 1 from 4-7 p.m.

At DCM’s Fifth-Annual Educators Only Open House area educators hear how children can continue to learn from Mr. Rogers.

The event features Hedda Sharapan, director of early childhood initiatives for The Fred Rogers Company. Sharapan will present “STEM Learning: From our Neighborhood to Yours” and will discuss how the factory videos from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” helped children appreciate the manufacturing process and many other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts. The presentation offers educators new ideas for expanding STEM learning in the classroom.

“Through his factory videos, Fred Rogers helped stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in children, important tools that young children need to be able to learn about and appreciate the world around them,” said Margaret Hanly, DuPage Children's Museum Director of Programs. “The challenge for educators today is to create classroom environments where children are encouraged to ask questions and ultimately learn how to become creative thinkers and problem solvers.”

Later in October, educators and others will have the chance to see these ideas at work in the new traveling exhibit, “How People Make Things”, opening Oct. 27. The exhibit, inspired by Mr. Rogers’ Factory Tours, tells the story of how familiar childhood objects are made and how people, ideas and technology transform raw materials into finished products. The exhibit was supported in part by the National Science Foundation and The Grable Foundation. It is sponsored locally by Navistar.

The event is free for educators, but attendance is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information and a special video message from Sharapan, educators should visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.com or call 630-637-8000.


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