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The River Dynamics Experience

This exciting new program includes a visit to the LSU Center for River Studies and same-day, hands-on classes and programs at the Museum. On their tour of the CRS, students will explore a 3-dimensional model of the lower 190 miles of the Mississippi River, one of the most technologically-advanced models in existence. At the Museum, students will collaboratively design solutions to real-world environmental challenges by engaging with a state-of-the-art stream table. Participants will also view a related large-screen educational movie at the Museum. Activities are aligned with the Louisiana Student Standards for Science.

Through this partnership with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, this learning opportunity is available free-of-charge to 8th-grade students on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email reservations@lasm.org to register as soon as possible!

NEW for 2019-2020!

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Available to Grades: 8th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Science & the Environment
Cost: Free on a first-come, first-served basis for 8th graders!

Ancient Egypt & Its Art

Students tour the Ancient Egypt Gallery, learn an intricate, age-old metalworking technique, and then create an ancient Egyptian-inspired relief, which they can take home. Includes tour of the Ancient Egypt Gallery.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with 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

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

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.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Harmonies in Color (Art Exhibition Guided Tour or Exploration), Seeing!, and Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum (Planetarium Shows).

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

Program Type: Classes   Subject: 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.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dream Big: Engineering Our World (Planetarium Show), and Robot Design Challenge (Class).

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

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Physical Science
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 by 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: English & Language Arts
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

Investigating the Art Exhibition

Inspired by objects and works of art in the current exhibition, students will explore interdisciplinary connections based on the Louisiana Student Standards. After a participatory tour of the exhibition, they will enjoy hands-on, STEAM-focused activities in a classroom setting. Creative connections that link art with core curriculum content will make learning meaningful, relevant, and memorable. Includes tour of the art exhibition on view.

NEW for 2019-2020!

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

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art
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

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