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The WonderBox at the Mississippi Children's Museum

September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2022

The Mississippi Children’s Museum will complete WonderBox, a 1,500 square foot-STEAM exhibit in the museum’s existing arts gallery. WonderBox will address a critical need in Mississippi for increased education in STEAM subjects during elementary grades—particularly for those individuals who are underserved and lack adequate access to resources. Through the proposed exhibit area and programming, children from all backgrounds will explore topics such as design, art, coding, robotics, engineering, and circuitry. It will encourage active exploration and inquiry-based learning while facilitating parent/caregiver interaction with hands-on activities and guided conversations that will inspire children to design, create, and invent. Additionally, the gallery will offer children opportunities to interact with concepts from industries that are vital to Mississippi’s economy in an environment that encourages innovation and creative problem solving.


Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-245297-OMS-20
Funding Amount: $197,160


  • Susan Easom Garrard
    Principal Investigator
    Mississippi Children's Museum
  • Discipline: Art, music, and theater | Computing and information science | Engineering | General STEM | Technology
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Museum/ISE Professionals
    Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits
    Access and Inclusion: Low Socioeconomic Status

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