Helping us further our mission to educate and inspire children!
Educational partners help us inspire and educate children through play by delivering special experiences!
Port Discovery defines an educational partner as a group or organization that donates their time and resources to the Museum to educate children and help Port Discovery achieve it's mission. In return, Port Discovery acts as a venue and resource where the community partners can achieve their goals, improve their visibility and reach their constituents.
Education Partners Include
Join magician storyteller David London on a journey to the Imagi Nation - a far away place found within each one of us. Combining magic, story-telling and interactive play, this 30 minute performance and activity is designed to provide children of all ages with a unique opportunity to express, explore and experience their own imagination in a way like never before. www.MagicOutsideTheBox.com
"Bailes de Mi Tierra" (Dances from My Land) Mexican folk dance group is located in Baltimore, MD. Their mission is to preserve, promote and present Mexican traditions through its music, dance and folklore. Their vibrant dances, filled with energetic dance moves, accompanied with the lively sounds of Mexican music and colorful costumes, provide a rich representation of their Mexican heritage and traditions. Bailes de Mi Tierra provides dance performances for Port Discovery's Hispanic Heritage Celebration and other cultural events throughout the year. www.bailesdemitierra.com
The Baltimore City Health Department - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program partners with Port Discovery for Healthy First Saturdays, on the first Saturday of each month, and for special events throughout the year. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Partners teach Port Discovery guests about the dangers of lead poisoning in children, a serious health issue in Baltimore. www.baltimorehealth.org/lead
Presently, Baltimore has nine sister affiliations: Cadiz, Spain; Genoa, Italy; Gbarnga, Liberia; Kawasaki, Japan; Luxor, Arab Republic of Egypt; Odessa, Ukraine; Piaeus, Greece; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Xiamen, China. Baltimore Sister City Committees attend many Port Discovery cultural events including: Xiamen-Baltimore Sister City Committee partners with Port Discovery for our annual Chinese New Year Celebration and Kawasaki-Baltimore Sister City Committee partners with Port Discovery for Asian Pacific American Heritage Day. www.baltimore.org/visitors/international/sister-cities
Eric Energy provides educational and entertaining science shows and workshops for kids ages Pre-K and up. These dynamic shows deal with topics like electricity, sound, matter and the environment. What the kids want to know is that they'll be seeing this like vortex fog rings, bubbling potions and a laser light show! Volunteers are used throughout each show. Eric Energy programs are featured at schools, camps, malls, special events and of course, Port Discovery. Eric has been performing for over 14 years and is on a mission to make learning fun! For videos, show listings and more, check out www.ericenergy.com.
At FazaFam Family Jam, parents get moving along with your children to be more Fit, Fun, Creative and Connected. FazaFam integrates lively games and easy playful moves in styles like Salsa, Disco, Hip-Hop, Caribbean, Motown and more. FazaFam is a Family Jam! Join FazaFam at Port Discovery on Healthy First Saturdays as scheduled. www.fazafam.com
Fidos for Freedom, Inc., a therapy and assistance dog training organization, attends every Healthy First Saturday with four to eight owners and their trained dogs. The organization facilitates therapy and assistance dog demonstrations to educate the community on the role of working dogs. Volunteers also teach guests about healthy and safe interaction with dogs. Imagine the surprise of a child when they see Tiny, a 220-pound English Mastiff lounging on the Museum floor. www.fidosforfreedom.org/
HealthCare Access Maryland is a quasi-public division of the Baltimore City Health Department that provides health education, care coordination, eligibility determination for the Maryland's Children Health Program, Primary Adult Care Program and Medical Assistance for Families, and outreach program to the community of Baltimore. At Port Discovery, HealthCare Access Maryland is the original partner of the Museum's Healthy First Saturdays. HealthCare Access Maryland sponsors the Health Corner inside the Oasis, an area where families can go to learn about healthy bodies, foods and teeth. On Healthy First Saturdays, HealthCare Access Maryland staffs the Health Corner with health educators who engage visitors in activities, take blood pressures and sign up families for health insurance.
Annually for our STEM in Spring science spring break, Howard University brings the Nano Express van to Port Discovery! Don't miss the next time it pulls up to our doors! www.nnin.org/nnin_howard
Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. www.marylandzoo.com
Mr. Gabe performs nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites (such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba”) for children, ages zero to six. He appears regularly at schools, libraries, and cafés in and around Washington, DC. He recently released his first CD, entitled Play Date , which received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and was nominated for a Washington Area Music Award. For information about upcoming performances, bookings, and the CD, visit www.mrgabemusic.com.
From telegraph and radio to radar and satellites, the National Electronics Museum offers visitors access to the electronic marvels that have helped to shape our country and our world. Located within minutes of Baltimore's BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport and the BWI Rail Station, the museum offers a wide variety of both static and interactive displays, our amateur radio station K3NEM/W3GR, as well as a research library that is open to the general public, with holdings that focus on all aspects of electronics history.
The NISE Network is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. www.nisenet.org
Pam is an Oasis favorite at Port Discovery! Check the calendar for the next performance date and enjoy her special interactive songs and dances for little ones!www.pamthekindersinger.com
Robinson Nature Center is a unique nature education facility with two floors of multisensory exhibits, a children’s discovery room and the NatureSphere – a digital planetarium and dome-style theater. Nature trails provide views of the Middle Patuxent River and Simpsonville Mill ruins, and the facility’s many green technologies – including porous concrete, solar panels, rain gardens and a green roof – make it one of only a few LEED certified Platinum buildings in Maryland. http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm
With more than 30 years of experience and more than 800 locations throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K–12. As the leader in supplemental education, Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan programs include study skills, math, reading, writing, test prep for college entrance and state exams, and NEW STEM programs. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS, or visit sylvanlearning.com or the Sylvan Source blog.
During Spring at STEM and Freaky Friday Science Labs at Port Discovery, Sylvan Learning offers free Robotics classes! Using both the hands and the mind, students in grades 1-8 enjoy creating Robots with LEGO® bricks (perfect for kids who love keeping their hands active)! After building their creation, students will program the model to follow commands, learning to troubleshoot and building critical thinking skills along the way.
MRSEC has partnered with Port Discovery for several years to present science programming for children at the museum. Currently, MRSEC is working with Port Discovery to provide enhancements and activity facilitation in our Nano exhibition. http://mrsec.umd.edu
Since 1999, Wildlife Adventures has been educating and entertaining children and adults alike using live animals. They are proud to join Port Discovery on a mission to introduce children to the natural world, as well as to foster their natural sense of exploration. Join Wildlife Adventures for exciting, fun-filled and educational programs designed to help children open up the wondrous world of nature.