Giesecke and Garrard

Mississippi Children’s Museum has announced a new partnership with Children’s Healthcare at University of Mississippi Medical Center for a new learning experience focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Question It? Discover It! (QiDi) Saturdays will encourage higher level thinking and promote the unlocking of creativity necessary for innovation. Susan Garrard, president and CEO of Mississippi Children’s Museum, calls the program and the UMMC partnership a “natural fit.” She cites the hospital’s neighborly proximity and their collective commitments to the development, health and well-being of all Mississippi children.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning at the museum, Garrard said the new program is a great opportunity for children to explore monthly on Saturdays this fall through the spring. “We are working every day to provide children with learning experiences that will re-enforce and enhance what they are learning in the classroom. We hope this program will also be a resource for educators on experiential learning through play and discovery,” she said.

Garrard touted the museum’s World at Work Gallery as a stepping stone for Qi?Di!. “We saw the need internally to have more STEM focused programming,” she told reporters. “Children love to build and explore energy sources.” Garrard said educator’s feedback also played a role in the development of the program. “Over last 22 months, we have heard from teachers about the areas where children struggle. They need that inspiring, innovative, open-ended learning process. Our community asked us for it.”

Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children’s Healthcare Mississippi, said UMMC is excited for the partnership. “Just like the Children’s Museum, children are reason we exist,” he said. “The future and success of our state is dependent on these children. He echoed the sentiments of Garrard. “This is a natural partnership. We want to see that this (program) makes a diff in their lives.”

The first program begins Saturday November 3 from 10am – 2pm with ‘Fit For Fall,’ an exploration of health and exercise focusing on the importance of physical activity.

QI?DI! Saturdays are FREE with paid admission to the museum. For more information about MCM, QI?DI! or the QI?DI! Saturdays program, visit

12/15/12- QI? DI! Snow Science

1/12/13- QI? DI! Healthy Moves into the New Year

2/2/13- QI? DI! Go RED/ Heart Health

3/23/13- QI? DI! Doctor’s Day

4/13/13- QI? DI! Earth Sciences

5/18/13- QI? DI! Flower Power/Allergies

6/22/13- QI? DI! Boney You

7/27/13- QI? DI! Brain science

8/10/13- QI? DI! Back to school nutrition

Programs Assistant Kelsey Barnett demonstrating an experiment while Garrard looks on


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