“I appreciate the effort in coming here and engaging the students in fun, thought-provoking engineering lessons.” – Hendersonville Elementary Teacher

As leaders in early education, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) understands that the most successful method for presenting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to young learners is through play-based activities. How do we get learning through play and STEM opportunities to those who don’t have easy access to the Museum?

Our answer is the Pop Up Tinker Shop (PUTS)! PUTS is a mobile museum that travels to schools, childcare centers, and community events throughout the Tri-County area to provide access to unique early education opportunities in STEM learning, while effectively eliminating the barriers of cost, time and travel that often limit exposure to exactly these types of high-quality encounters.

What is the Pop Up Tinker Shop?

In our PUTS trailer, we have a diverse array of hands-on, play-based activities for children to learn important STEM education initiatives through play. It includes imagination playground blocks, simple circuits, raceways, Rigamajig, ball wall, dinosaur bones, and more interactive stations!  PUTS goes into communities and schools where attending the museum would be difficult or impossible due to barriers in finances, transportation, or distance. We are particularly focused on serving communities with high rates of poverty, Title 1 schools, and neighborhoods in outlying areas.

Interested in having CML at your next community event? Contact Jennifer Sanders, Director of Education, at 843.853.8962 x 208 or jennifer@exploreCML.org.

CML partners with many community organizations to bring PLAY outside the Museum’s walls. Look for the big, blue Imagination Playground blocks, mini Raceways, or the magnetic ball wall at area festivals, parties, and events.