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Bay Area Discovery Museum

About the Organization

For more than 25 years, the Bay Area Discovery Museum has been a valued educational destination for parents and their children ages 0 to 8 years. Hosting 300,000 visitors annually, the museum is located on an unparalleled 7.5 acres at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, California. Their mission is to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

STEM Education
The Museum has a long history of expertise in the development of creativity in children. They encourage interdisciplinary learning through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the arts.
Technological proficiency is the next opportunity gap, and early exposure to and familiarity with digital tools in a Fab Lab can help underserved students bridge this gap. By creating this innovative space, and providing broad access to this type of learning early in life, BADM will address both children’s pressing needs and the challenges for educators and parents.

Sparkfactor Awardee: Early Childhood Fab Lab

The Bay Area Discovery Museum will launch the world’s first early childhood Fab Lab, designed for children to develop critical STEM skills, actively engage with technology, and understand the made world around them. Fab Labs are maker spaces with digital Fabrication technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters. The Museum will be the first to pioneer meaningful use of such technologies with the youngest learners: children ages 3-10. The Fab Lab is central to activating the Museum’s new strategic plan and will be the foundation for an international, scalable model that will be replicated through global learning networks managed by the Fab Foundation and Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES). It will also be a central resource for Bay Area children from low-income neighborhoods to gain familiarity, hands-on experience, and interest in emerging technologies that can shape future success in school and beyond.

Bay Area Discovery Museum's Spring 2016 Newsletter

Read more about the opening of the Fab Lab on May 14!