Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design and the Grand Rapids
Public Museum will help cultivate the curiosity of 300 fifth-grade
students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools district by immersing
them in the IMMER5E experience.
IMMER5E is an educational collaboration between KCAD, the
Public Museum and GRPS that launched this fall to provide an
innovative way for teachers to enhance school offerings and develop
unique learning opportunities.
“KCAD believes in the power of art and design thinking to open
learning to all students,” President David Rosen said in regard to the
Grand Rapids-based college’s participation. “We are fortunate to live
in a community of outstanding educators, citizens and organizations
that strives to help every child succeed. In our quest to raise student
achievement, we are willing to travel where few have attempted.
“This aspiring spirit in West Michigan, this willingness to partner,
this appetite for creativity continues to impress and inspire me, and
instills in me a desire to work harder and do more.”
Ten GRPS teachers will use the museum as their classroom
for one week, immersing their students in a unique program of
interdisciplinary, experiential learning based on the core curriculum.
Grant support from DTE Energy Foundation helps fund the
program, including transportation.
The IMMER5E effort is loosely based on the Grand History Lesson,
a week-long immersion learning program offered last year by the
Public Museum. The pilot program was based on the BIG History
Lesson, an award-winning educational program offered since 1999
by the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing.
GRPS teachers worked with KCAD and Public Museum educators
to develop an interdisciplinary experience that incorporates multi-
sensory, hands-on and object-based learning. Teachers can utilize
the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits, guided tours and
programs, planetarium and learning spaces.
Kendall Partners with Community
in ‘Immer5e’ Program
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