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Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies

This artful approach to science motivates students to explore the amazing world of insects while learning about adaptations, physiology, and the role insects play in their daily lives. Colorful, take-home art projects creatively reinforce scientific concepts.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with The Traveling Trunk Show (Interactive Educational Theater) and Flight of the Butterflies (Planetarium Show).

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd

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

Discovery Depot

This gallery stimulates the imagination, encourages exploration, and invites creative play. After a trip through the Children’s Playhouse, young chefs can enjoy nutrition-oriented role play in the kitchen center while little engineers operate the wooden train. Puzzles, books, and games provide plenty of additional opportunities for learning and fun.

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st

Program Type: Hands-On Galleries   Subject: English & Language Arts
Cost: $2.00 per student & chaperone

Engineering: Simple Machines

As they cooperatively problem-solve in groups, young engineers will investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of objects while building various machines. Exciting hands-on challenges will focus on Newton’s Laws of Motion and the Law of Conservation of Energy. Activities will illustrate the relevance of engineering in daily life as students design and build together.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dream Big: Engineering Our World and Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein (Planetarium Shows).

Available to Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th

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

Geometry & Quilts

Through hands-on activities, students will recognize the real-world connections between mathematics and the craft of quilting. Students are introduced to traditional patchwork quilts and participate in art-making that supports geometry standards while reinforcing mathematical understanding.

Updated for 2019-2020!

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

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

Journaling: Learning to Look & Looking to Write

As students explore the art in the current exhibition, they are encouraged to look closely and reflect on what they see. Creative writing activities take place in the gallery, using the art on view for inspiration. These activities will sharpen observation skills as students respond to art through writing while exploring opportunities for collaboration and personal reflection. Includes tour of the art exhibition on view.

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

Marbles, Motion, & Magnets

In this STEAM-focused learning experience, students will investigate matter and its interactions with force and motion. While creating art, participants will explore Newton’s Laws of Motion and the concept of magnetism.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dream Big: Engineering Our World and Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein (Planetarium Shows).

NEW for 2019-2020!

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

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

Science Station

Interaction with STEAM-focused exhibits makes learning meaningful, relevant, and exciting. Hands-on, minds-on activities in this unique gallery space encourage students to playfully engage in innovative, open-ended learning experiences. Design and building stations will elevate your students’ love of discovery.

Available to Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Hands-On Galleries   Subject: Art, Math, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $2.00 per student & chaperone