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DCM Presents “Electrical Snap Circuits”

Join the Delta Children’s Museum (DCM) on Saturday, March 23rd in the main lobby of the Greenville Mall from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a hands on learning activity about electrical circuits. The activity is age appropriate for 8 through 12 year old students. The admission fee for the activity is $5.00 per person and guarantees the child a chair time of 25 minutes to sit, work, and build different types of electrical circuits. DCM board members will lead and assist the activity led by DCM President Reiner Kloth and co-chair Dr. Lee Engel.

The unique “snap-together” pieces in this electronic activity make it an exciting learning toll that is hard to put down. The student is gin a clear plastic grid and told to construct two different electronic projects using colored snap-together connectors and electronic chips including a touch-controlled lap, flashlight, musical doorbell and a mini whirlwind propeller. After completing the two projects, students with time remaining may also experiment with their own design to create even more.

The basic snap circuits include four integrated circuits: a photoresistor, switches, a motor and a speaker. Students will set up in front of a large stand up table board that not only has the instructions but also shows how to visually build the models. This snap circuit activity has won the Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center. Every child attending “Electrical Snap Circuits” will receive a signed certificate of attendance and completion from DCM. This certificate can be taken back to school, as some teachers may be interested in offering extra credit for participating students. This activity is limited to 30 students. For additional information, please call Dr. Lee Engel at (662) 378-8645.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.