“At DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM), we believe that our strength lies in diversity among the broad range of people that we serve. DCM respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person who they are. We are committed to providing a safe, accepting environment with unique learning opportunities for all children and families who visit the Museum.” –www.dupagechildrens.org
DuPage Children’s Museum believes learning occurs through real-world experiences with objects and people. The basic idea of learning-by-doing goes on at the Museum every day. This concept is what education specialists call “constructivism” based on research by renowned child development theorists such as Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. While learning is not the goal of play, learning happens anyway.
DCM has carefully chosen to limit exhibit subject matter to science, art, math, and where they intersect. These areas are ideal vehicles to encourage critical thinking because they are process oriented, relate to every day life, and naturally interest children. DCM is committed to developing original exhibits to encourage self-directed exploration. Each exhibit is designed to be inviting and approachable without reliance on reading. Concepts are presented through multiple exhibit experiences grouped in themed areas to encourage young explorers to make connections.
DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.
A world where there is time and place for all children to reach their full, unique learning potential through hands-on play.
- Respect for all children and their ability to learn
- The power of play as a basis for constructing knowledge
- The importance of the child-adult learning partnership