Cowan Museum of History and Science



Education Programs 

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

We are happy to announce that through the NC Science Museums Grant Program, under the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, we were awarded funds to help sustain the Museum and grow STEM/STEAMA education programs for schoolkids and the public, such as:


  • STEAMA programs in Ila's Kitchen Garden.
  • Programs in the Joann Cowan Brown Botanical Garden.
  • Outreach programs for schools, youth groups, homeschoolers, and the public. Programs may take place  at one of our partner organizations, such as Liberty Hall Restoration in Kenansville, Tarkil Branch Farm's Homestead Museum in Beulaville, and at various Duplin County Library branches.


Please call Anne Skinner at (910) 296-2149 for more information.



Preschool Programs:(Currently Available)

Staff has made available educational programs for preschool classes that visit the Museum that relate to gardening, agriculture, and more. Teachers bringing classes to the museum will be able to select from a menu of hands-on activities and investigations that teach children about plants, insects, soil, weather, the position of the sum in the sky, and seasons.  


1st Grade Programs:(Available in the 2019-2020 school year)

What do plants need for growth and energy? Programs that will address this question will take place in both the Museum’s Joann Cowan Brown Botanical Garden and kitchen garden, as well as in classrooms.


What's Involved?

  • Hands-on learning experiences for students that include such things as observation, comparison, discussion, pantomime, word card selection, and acting out various concepts.
  • Activities that help to increase students’ content knowledge, application of content knowledge, provide opportunities for critical thinking, and include elements of collaborative problem solving and cooperation.
  • Programs have an emphasis on science and agriculture, but also incorporate literature, art, and history.
  • Lessons correlate to the State of North Carolina curriculum standards.
  • Learning experiences link directly to the local geographic area and fill a gap in curriculum resources for rural Eastern North Carolina.


5th Grade Programs: (Available in the 2019-2020 school year)

Our science programs for 5th grade students will help them build a strong foundation in science while having fun in order to develop positive attitudes toward science. Further, we hope to develop skills and content knowledge for students that they will build on throughout their school years. 


What's Involved?

  • Onsite and outreach programs linked to the State of North Carolina curriculum standards for science.
  • Hands-on indoor and outdoor activities in which students use critical thinking to do scientific inquiry.
  • The use of weather instruments and cloud charts to measure and predict weather.
  • Analysis of  seasonal weather patterns at different latitudes and hemispheres.
  • Students will model jet stream, El Niño, and La Niña using colored streamers and movement.
  • Analysis of hurricane formation.
  • Identification of producers, consumers, and decomposers in the outdoors and analysis of their interrelationships within the ecosystem.


9th Grade Programs:  (Available in the 2019-2020 school year)

Earth/environmental science programs for 9th grade students.


What's Involved?

  • Hands-on indoor and outdoor activities in which students use critical thinking to do scientific inquiry.
  • Onsite and outreach programs linked to the State of North Carolina curriculum standards for science.
  • Students will model concepts and analyze diagrams related to Earth’s motions in space, ocean circulation, and atmospheric composition.
  • Analysis of impacts on the biosphere and the time frame of changes.
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