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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

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

Little Art Explorers

Students learn how artists use shapes and colors to create art with inspiration from Henri Matisse and Jacob Lawrence. Young artists use their imaginations and creative skills to make their own original collages. Following a discussion of the color wheel, students get hands-on with fun color mixing activities.

Updated for 2019-2020!

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Math
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

Shake, Rattle, & Roll

Dr. Decibel, the Museum’s Super Sound Scientist, leads students in an interactive exploration of the world of sound. “Junior Sound Scientists” will become familiar with key vocabulary terms and concepts relating to sound, learn about the anatomy of the ear, and experiment with unique musical instruments from across the globe. This engaging program can easily be adapted for various grade levels.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with America’s Musical Journey (Planetarium Show).

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Physical Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

The Traveling Trunk Show

Join our puppet pals Sheldon the Sheepdog and Frederick the Mouse on an imaginative, multidisciplinary exploration of the art and science of the seasons. Young students will enjoy songs, stories, and educational activities sprinkled with laughter and fun as they discover the exciting surprises awaiting them in the mysterious big red trunk!

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Flight of the Butterflies (Planetarium Show) and Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies (Class).

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Weatherwise

The Museum’s “Chief Meteorologist” Wendy Wise introduces students to the dynamic world of weather and its impact on the environment. This fast-paced educational adventure brings weather-related terms and concepts to life while keeping students engaged and entertained. Weatherwise also includes an overview of various tools and technologies in the field of meteorology used to study weather patterns.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Earth’s Wild Ride (Planetarium Show).

Available to Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Whales

Discover some of the wildest locations on Earth and witness the sights, sounds, and survival of the world’s largest mammal!

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

Program Type: Educational DVD Film   Subject: Life Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $4.50 per student & chaperone