A Museum of the Riverina program has shared top honours at the Museum and Gallery National Awards.
STEAM the Museum was the joint overall national winner and also took out the Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement category.
The program saw regional museum officer Sam Leah work with Sturt Public School students to interpret the Museum of the Riverina's social history collections using tools and techniques drawn from the STEAM field , which is science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
One of the main aims was to curate a professional exhibition in partnership with schoolchildren, placing their and interpretations at the forefront of the process.
Other aims included:
- Provide extended learning opportunities to the students to provide them with the skills they needed to complete their exhibits, including 3D printing, virtual reality animation, tour design, robotics and video game design and coding.
- Provide introductory experiences for the local community in technologies that are not readily accessible in a regional location, particularly 3D printing, robotics and coding.
Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said to win two awards is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved in the project.
"STEAM the Museum was a participatory project that saw the students plan and curate the exhibition," he said.
"Regional Museum Officer Sam Leah has been the driving force behind this program, working closely with the Opportunity Class at Sturt Public to use new technology to tell old stories."