A few examples of the services BMI offers include:
Exhibits preserve and interpret the industrial and technological heritage of our region and explore the stories of Maryland 's industries and the people who worked in them. Our exhibits document diverse industries including well-known manufacturers like McCormick & Co. Spices and Black & Decker to small print shops and neon sign manufacturers.
Educational tours and programs offer a hands-on look at Maryland 's past, present and future innovations to over 80,000 students in grades K-12 each year. Our hands-on programs and outreach initiatives, interactive tours and exhibits offer students a broad range of opportunities designed to:
- Enhance classroom learning goals and core knowledge;
- Meet statewide performance goals;
- Present multiple interactive learning experiences; and
- Inspire future leaders of tomorrow in Math, Technology and the Social Sciences
Public programs offer an up-close and in-depth look at Maryland 's industrial heritage. A few examples of our public programs include our Baltimore Conversations series, an interactive speakers' series, that shares some of the amazing stories of Marylanders at work and at play that we've encountered over our 25 year history to capture the essence of our legacy as an industrial city and to learn more about its future. Recent topics of discussion range from the art of A. Aubrey Bodine and the works of H.L. Menken to Baltimore's brewing industry and the stories that made Baltimore presented by renowned journalist and radio commentator Gil Sandler.
Group tours and programs are available to serve an array of audiences. Our scout programs help scouts earn badges through interactive programs that provide lessons in history, sewing, science and engineering. Other offerings include specialized senior tours, adult tours and focus tours (available upon request).
Family programs and events help families explore the Museum and learn about Maryland 's industrial history through engaging, interactive activities. Each weekend BMI offers drop-in activities for families as well as monthly programs like Wee Workers , a program for 2-5 year olds and their caretakers that includes a story, a craft and a gallery tour.
Maryland Engineering Challenges are a series of competitions for students in grades 1-12 (offered free of charge) that introduce young people to the role of the engineer in today's society through design, engineering and problem-solving activities. The Challenges engage over 3,000 participants and observers each year.
Teacher Days provide educators with free resources, sample lesson plans and suggestions to help teachers to incorporate a Museum visit into classroom curriculum.
Maryland Center for Career and Technology Education Studies provides leadership and support to local education agencies, educators, and community organizations in the development of a competent, well-educated and certified Career & Technology Education teachers and administrators. Credit and certification are offered in partnership with the University of Maryland , Eastern Shore .
Museum events promote our mission and reach out to new groups of visitors. One annual event, the William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Awards luncheon, honors an outstanding member of the Maryland business community each year. Another event, 4 th of July at BMI, allows families to enjoy one of the best views of Baltimore 's fireworks display while they learn and play on BMI's campus. We also offer free events like our annual open house, Free For All , to introduce community members to the museum.