TRIO students create visitor experiences for GRPM

Photos by Amanda Pitts  TRIO students check out exhibits at the Grand Rapids Public Museum as part of their summer program.
Photos by Amanda Pitts TRIO students check out exhibits at the Grand Rapids Public Museum as part of their summer program.
Arnie Smithalexander talks with TRIO students.
Arnie Smithalexander talks with TRIO students.

Grand Valley's TRIO Upward Bound students created treasure hunts for the Grand Rapids Public Museum and interacted with museum guests as part of the five-week summer program.

Students entering the 11th grade spent three consecutive Fridays at the museum to develop treasure hunts and assist the education manager with programming.

Stephanie Ogren, GRPM science education manager, said the treasure hunts led visitors through the museum. "Some of their questions were tricky, so students were stationed throughout the museum to assist guests," Ogren said.

Upward Bound students on July 1 were tasked with figuring out what museum exhibits and artifacts would most appeal to kids ages 10-12. Ogren said the students would provide her with good data for an upcoming exhibit, "What's Cool for Kids?"

Elizabeth Mota, a City High student, said while she enjoys the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit, younger kids would enjoy the Robot Zoo. "They get to play with the robots and there is lots of motion," she said.

The Upward Bound program serves 100 students from Grand Rapids Public Schools, providing year-round programming to ensure a successful transition into college.

During the summer program, students live in Allendale Campus living centers and take classes Monday-Thursday, and Fridays are devoted to volunteer experiences or college trips for rising seniors.