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Education & Outreach

Teaching Philosophy

The mission of RiverWorks Discovery® is to educate children and their families about the commerce, culture and conservation of the great rivers of America and their watersheds.

RiverWorks Discovery® is an outreach program of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the National Rivers Hall of Fame. Our activities can be presented indoors or outdoors to encourage children to reconnect with nature while they learn about the fascinating world of rivers. We provide educational materials and resources for both formal and informal educators.

RiverWorks Discovery® provides educational opportunities to encourage children and their families to learn about the rivers that flow through their lives. Curriculum is designed to engage the learner and encourage further exploration of the commerce, culture and conservation of our rivers. This multi-disciplinary program focuses on math, history, geography and mapping. Curriculum tools are designed to present river-based learning activities that ask important questions:

  • What is in the river?
  • Where does it go?
  • What is carried on the river barges?
  • How do people work on rivers and what do they do?
  • Why are rivers important?

RiverWorks Discovery® is designed to correlate to state standards while encouraging children to get outside and explore the water that flows through their lives.

NEED Curriculum

National Energy Education Development Project (NEED)

RiverWorks Discovery® in partnership with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) provides National Science Education Standards-based formal curriculum to engage and educate youth (intermediate and secondary grade levels). The curriculum focuses on the role that rivers play in transporting energy sources across the country. The curriculum and its activities are designed to encourage critical thinking and scientific inquiry. The NEED curriculum promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as seen through the lens of America’s rivers.

Learning exercises are built into the curriculum, teaching students how to calculate the energy in flowing water, or how to analyze transportation options to find the most economic and environmentally efficient way to ship products. By providing opportunities for scientific inquiry, the NEED curriculum can show students the value of observation, investigation, testing models or creating experiments.

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