Summer STEM Learning

 The Museum collaborated with Wewoka Public Schools to bring children in the area a STEM learning program with Native themes in 2021. Provided by a Summer STEM Grant by the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, the program was held on the Museum grounds every Wednesday in July from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

The first STEM learning day the Museum held was early in the month of July, 2021, with staff and volunteers welcoming students in to learn about the history and significance of dreamcatchers and Seminole ballsticks. After this brief lesson, the children were shown how to construct their own versions of these cultural items, both of which required them to learn and apply mathematics and basic weaving techniques.

STEM learning continued the following Wednesday, when the children returned to learn how to construct miniature Seminole Chickee huts. As they readied themselves to learn, they received a lesson on the topic of living in the Florida Everglades and how important these structures were to everyday life. When the children had finished with their construction, they were treated to an outdoor course of making fry bread. Each child blended their own ingredients into a soft dough that was later fried by a museum volunteer. Everyone agreed it was a tasty way to end a great day of learning.

On the 21st of July, 2021, there were bottle rockets made outside on the museum grounds, and on the 28th the children learned how to weave dolls, make arrows and blow-darts and had half an hour of native story-telling.

Courses were open for children from ages 4 through 12. “Our staff and volunteers are very committed to this project,” says Caitlin Maddox, the Collections Manager at the Seminole Nation Museum.  “Many of the children and teachers who come here are native, and we see it as a great opportunity to share their culture with their classmates.”