The Eli Whitney Museum is an experimental, hands-on, learning workshop for students, teachers and families. We collect, interpret and teach experiments that are the roots of design and invention.
The Eli Whitney Museum was established in 1979 on the site where Whitney transformed American manufacturing in 1798. Whitney’s workshop was a laboratory for invention. The Museum is an experimental learning workshop. It collects and exhibits, not objects, but the ways in which objects are made, and the ways through which objects educate. A central goal of the Museum's programs is to promote pluralism in learning. We identify and support students who express themselves most eloquently, not with words, but with their hands. We believe invention draws no lines between math, science, literacy, art, history, and geography. The Museum will produce and teach 75,000 projects for children from Connecticut and beyond this year. The scope and scale of these programs unrivaled even by much larger institutions.
1. In an uncertain economy, we sustained our programming and found modest growth.
2. We made our accounts, program registration, and communication 80% paperless.
3. We have increased our in-school presence across the state - particularly in urban school systems - with growing enrichment programs and weekend family programs.
1. We will give our work a new voice in our Design Blog, with submissions from past and present apprentices who keep our eye on fresh design and technology.
2. In our Apprentice Program we will test the efficacy of training with new measures, including leadership, design, and skills workshops and benchmarks.
3. We will expand the depth and scope of our Resident Artisans project.
4. We will expand our catalog of cultural programs.
5. We will expand the role of our CNC Shopbot and continue to redesign projects to increase accessibility for national markets.
Roughly sixty five apprentices, age 13-18, receive stipends for work in design, production, and teaching of the thousands of projects and programs run by the Museum each year. Most apprentices begin at age 13, and work four years in the program, or log enough hours to be the equivalent of 1 ½ years of high school. Typically, the apprentices work about 200 hours during the school year on weekends, and up to 400 hours each summer during the Museum’s ten weeks of Summer Programs. All of the apprentices are trained by the well-established designers, artisans, and artists that teach or contribute to Museum programming. The apprentices also try their hand at teaching; running birthday parties and leading tables during the summer allow them to interact with diverse groups of children ranging in age from 5 to 12 or 13. From designing to drilling and packing projects, the apprentices play an essential role in the programs the Museum delivers.
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