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Students help sort Legos for the upcoming exhibit

Photographer: Rachel Hudacek

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Sara Hartman, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education, discusses the value of school and community partnerships

Photographer: Rachel Hudacek

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Patton College Early Childhood students assist in preparing art and science activities

Photographer: Rachel Hudacek

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Patton College students help prepare Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery for exhibit


Patton College of Education students volunteered last Wednesday at the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery (OVMoD, www.ovmod.org ) as a part of their Family, School and Community class taught by Child Development Center co-director Cathy Waller.
 
The 14 students' mission was to help prepare the museum, located in the Market on State in Athens, for its new exhibit, "The Art of Construction and Experimentation (ACE)," which opened on Saturday, September 12, and runs through December.
 
The evening began with OVMoD board president Dr. Sara Hartman explaining the history and mission of the hands-on museum, a nonprofit organization that has been in existence for 10 years and in the space at the mall for five years. Hartman, an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education in The Patton College of Education, highlighted past collaborations between groups and individuals in the community, institutions of higher education in our area, and the museum, illustrating the importance of school-university-community partnerships.
 
With the concept of construction being explored in the broadest sense, the ACE exhibit will focus on the intersections of how we humans build our world, whether that is erecting architectural treasures, composing music, writing poetry, or creating art. With an interdisciplinary focus, the exhibit will also explore the scientific building blocks of life: cells and DNA.
 
Christie Truly, board member and volunteer coordinator, assigned the students to tasks that included unwrapping the new giant blocks for the Imagination Station, which was funded by the Athens Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Athens; sorting and washing thousands of Lego blocks; organizing weaving projects; and prepping assorted science and art activities that will be introduced to museum guests and local students on field trips over the course of the semester. The students had a great time while they engaged in this local educational effort.