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Ancient Egypt & Its Art

Students tour the Ancient Egypt Gallery, learn an age-old metalworking technique, and then create an ancient Egyptian inspired relief.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Ancient Egypt Gallery (Guided Tour or Exploration), Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (Planetarium Show), and Forensic Crime Lab (Class).

Available to Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, History & Social Studies
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Art Gallery Apprenticeship

After studying the concepts, materials, and processes employed by artists in the current exhibition, students return to the studio where they apply what they have learned to produce their own original masterpieces. Critical, analytical, and creative thinkig come together as students deepen their appreciation for fine art.

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Bright Light

In this illuminating exploration of light and color, students make exciting discoveries as they experiment with lasers, diffraction glasses, and giant water prisms. Through real-life applications, the scientific concepts of refraction, diffraction, and reflection are illustrated with engaging educational activities related to spectrum analysis and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Physical Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Engineering Encounters

Through bridge-building activities, students gain a new appreciation for the relevance of civil engineering and design in their daily lives. Creative problem solving strategies motivate aspiring engineers to explore concepts such as force, balance, and stability.

Available to Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Physical Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Exploring Abstract Art

Works by famous twentieth-century artists such as Picasso are used to introduce the concept of abstraction. Students then enjoy the creative challenge of expressing themselves through self-portraits.

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Forensic Crime Lab

Students analyze and interpret evidence to identify the victim and the perpetrator at a staged crime scene. They reach their conclusions using chromatography, forensic entomology, blood typing, skeletal identification, and other means of discovery. This class requires the participation of at least six chaperones willing to serve as “forensic assistants.”

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Ancient Egypt Gallery (Guided Tour or Exploration), Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (Planetarium Show), and Ancient Egypt & Its Art (Class).

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Science as Inquiry, English & Language Arts
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Journaling: Learning to Look & Looking to Write

Unique activities in the art galleries encourage students to investigate original works of art while exploring three types of writing: argumentative, informational/explanatory, and narrative. Students examine primary and secondary sources, learn from one another through thoughtful discussions, and participate in journaling activities.

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, English & Language Arts
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Radial Symmetry

Students are introduced to traditions in art exemplifying radial design. Memorable hands-on activities reinforce mathematical concepts and encourage students to visualize and predict reflective patterns. For the culminating project, each student builds a kaleidoscope to take back to school.

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Math, Science as Inquiry
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Robot Design Challenge

Students master critical thinking and problem-solving skills to build modular robots. By applying inquiry, theory, testing, and data collection, teams collaborate to develop inventions that sense, think, and act upon the world around them. This class culminates in a race that challenges each group to design the smartest and fastest robot.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dream Big (Planetarium Show) and Engineering Encounters (Class).

Available to Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Math, Science as Inquiry
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Tessellations

This class introduces students to M. C. Escher, the artist who made tessellations popular. Students explore the geometrical transformation behind Escher’s designs while using their imagination and applying mathematical skills to create unique tessellations.

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Math
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone