Bay Area Discovery Museumhttp://bayareadiscoverymuseum.org/
What We Do:
The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) has been at the forefront of early childhood education for 25 years, welcoming millions of children, their families, and their teachers to our iconic site at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land in Sausalito, CA. BADM is a nonprofit children‚??s museum with a mission to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children. We are the only museum in the United States that combines a research division, a laboratory preschool, and comprehensive programming at the intersection of creativity development and STEM education. BADM envisions a world in which‚?¶ all children have early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. BADM‚??s mission in support of that vision is‚?¶ to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.
Who We Are:
Creativity enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don‚??t, fundamental skills for a generation facing complex, interdisciplinary challenges in a rapidly changing world. We also know that creativity can be cultivated. Harnessing creativity at a young age, when brain development and plasticity is at its peak, maximizes a child‚??s potential. STEM education is the best way to develop creativity and critical thinking skills, and STEM skills are essential in and of themselves to prepare children to thrive in a future economy driven by STEM fields. However, science, technology, and engineering are rarely taught well ‚?? if at all ‚?? in a child‚??s early years, and creativity skills are too often left out of our education system entirely. BADM uniquely combines creativity and STEM in all of our programming, including museum programs, camps, classes, preschool curriculum, school visits, and community outreach. We‚??re transforming the outcomes for children and the implications for society by building fundamental creativity and STEM skills at an early age, which will change the way children learn and the way they contribute to the world.