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The mission of CMOST is to instill a sense of wonder and discovery in young minds, inspiring a lifelong exploration of science and technology.
Our founders from the Junior League of Troy decided to create a museum specifically for children. Instead of having a “look but don’t touch” rule to the exhibits like most museums, the Junior Museum encouraged children to please touch its exhibits. True to our beginnings, all of our exhibit experiences continue to be designed with science discovery and play in mind. Why? Because discovery and play aren't just about entertainment, they are essential learning tools. Children learn about themselves, their environment, people and the world around them all through play. Our discovery environment provides children with the opportunity to investigate, observe, analyze, and build in a pressure-free setting. By allowing children to choose the activities and exhibits with which they wish to interact, you motivate them to keep engaging and discovering the world around them, and you help them develop a disposition for learning.
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Chartered by the Board of Regents on behalf of the NYS Education Department in 1954, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) is the Region’s only science center designed specifically for children. In pursuit of our mission, CMOST provides an engaging, child-directed learning environment which enables children to learn and grow through play. Designed for children ages 18 months through the tween years, the Museum enables children to investigate, observe, analyze, and build in a pressure-free environment by pairing innovative educational tools and techniques with engaging exhibits and facilitated programming to support active learning. CMOST offers a unique suite of STE(a)M learning experiences including school and community programs; workshops; summer and vacation day camps; camp-ins; and daily Museum Educator facilitated activities that help children make important connections between science, the world and everyday life. Beyond the Museum, CMOST’s Traveling Programs feature hands-on STE(a)M activities, turning classrooms, libraries and community centers into learning labs.
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2019 marks CMOST’s 65th year of engaging the Capital Region’s children, inspiring curiosity, growing self-efficacy and fostering little hands, doing real science. In 65 years, much has changed, but true to our beginnings play is in our DNA! We are grateful for those who founded CMOST, the visitors we have welcomed over 65 years, and the many children that have been inspired to be creative thinkers.
CMOST serves 70,000 children and their grown-ups each year; we engage children from all 11 counties within and surrounding the Capital District; as well as kids who visit the region. Every day CMOST provides STEAM based programs conducted both within the Museum and throughout the Capital Region. Sessions might include chemistry, physics, engineering, animal awareness, Hudson River ecology, magnets, or electricity, to name a few. Our animal experts are here 7 days a week feeding, cleaning habitats, and caring for the animals who make their home here at CMOST.
Each year CMOST works to create interesting and outstandingly relevant educational opportunities, we work in partnership with parent’s as first teachers and formal classroom educators supporting and expanding their capacity to provide an entrée into scientific discovery through hands on STE(a)M learning experiences.
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