Over 50 Black Hills State University students will showcase interactive educational kits created in collaboration with the Journey Museum, Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the museum in Rapid City.

With the help of Dr. Mary Jones, assistant professor of education at BHSU, and Diane Melvin, education director of the Journey Museum, BHSU students enrolled in the South Dakota Indian Studies course this fall put together interactive educational kits for the museum. This project was in response to legislation that will eventually require South Dakota Indian Studies courses in grades K-12.

The kits contain resources that address cultural topics such as American Indian dance, games, beadwork, symbols, and the Lakota language. Research papers and lesson plans written by the students will aid educators, as well as outside students and will provide them details about what they are going to view at the museum.

The kits, which each have a suggested age and grade level, will help provide visitors’ with a hands-on historical and interactive learning experience. They will eventually be available for checkout in the museum’s education department so teachers may use them during museum visits or within their classrooms.

“These projects and the research will benefit regional classrooms and museum visitors through cultural enrichment and hands on learning. I challenged the students to have the participants leave their projects saying ‘I never thought about this before!’ and to make the experience so meaningful that the participants will share the knowledge with others,” said Jones.

The public is invited to attend the showcase, which will take place in the Sioux Indian Museum within the Journey Museum. Admission is $3 for non-presenting college students with ID; $7 for adults, and $5 for students ages 11-17. There is no charge for children under 10 or for museum members.

For more information contact Melvin at the museum at (605) 394-2535.