The UM-Flint Pop-Up School: Education Outside Your Door program is a mobile classroom that provides high quality, play-based literacy, math, science, and social studies activities for young children.  This classroom is intended to serve those children most in need and visits neighborhoods, community events, health fairs, churches, and other venues throughout the city of Flint.  Activities are set up outdoors as much as possible depending on the weather.   

Parents/guardians are encouraged to interact and learn with their children as they explore different hands-on projects and activities. 

The Pop-Up School van is generally scheduled during the mornings or afternoons, Monday-Friday.  There are occasional Saturday, evening, and Sunday events.

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Click the Schedule in the Menu to find out where our schools will be popping up in the community. 


If you would like to schedule a visit from our Pop-Up School Van for a community event, please contact Cathy A. Lesinski, Pop-Up School manager at catlesin@umflint.edu.


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Past Events - April

Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village

Children had the opportunity to design their own bird nests using a variety of materials at the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Connections to the Michigan curriculum and standards:

K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
K-ESS2-2 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.

1-LS1-2 Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 

3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. 

3-LS4-2 Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.



Flint Public Library

The theme today was, "Things that Fly."  Children visiting the Flint Public Library on Thursday, April 12, 2018, had the opportunity to create and fly many airborne toys.  Pinwheel spiners were dropped off the staircase, straw circle flyers flew by the circulation desk, blast off rockets shot into the air, and bird kites zoomed between the aisle ways all with permission from the freindly librarians and parental supervision.

Connections to the Michigan curriculum and standards:

K-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
K-PS2-2 Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.

Flint Odyssey House

The challenge:  How can I balance this paper robot on my finger?  The answer:  Experiment with the placement of pennies taped to the robot's hands.  This is what the children at the Flint Odyssey House spent time solving on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Connections to the Michigan curriculum and standards:

3-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. 
3-PS2-2 Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. 

Calvary United Methodist Church

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, children at Calvary United Methodist Church completed a series of health lessons this semester presented by students from the UM-Flint School of Nursing.  The final lesson on Nutrition , was celebrated with a fun version of everyones favorie game Jeopardy.