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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 Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show (Interactive Educational Theater), Flight of the Butterflies (Planetarium Show), and Lin Emery: A Force of Nature (Exhibition Guided Tour or Exploration).

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

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

Body Works

The human body and its systems come to life with human torso models and relevant activities based on the MyPlate guidelines. Students also explore the relationship between positive nutritional habits and the importance of maintaining a healthy body. Content will be adjusted to accommodate specific grade levels.

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

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

Chemistry Matters

Young learners will have fun exploring basic principles of chemistry through engaging experiments and interesting demonstrations. Students will discover the relevance of chemistry in their daily lives and the impact of chemistry in the world in which they live.

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

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

Engineering: Simple Machines

As they cooperatively problem solve, young engineers will investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of objects while building various machines. Fun and 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 (Planetarium Show).

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

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

Geometry & Quilts

This class encourages students to recognize real-world connections between mathematics and the craft of quilting. Students are introduced to traditional patchwork quilts and participate in activities that support geometry standards while reinforcing mathematical understanding.

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

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

Starry Starry Night

Students study the stars and explore the theme of outer space as represented by artists and scientists from ancient times to present. Works by Vincent van Gogh, antique maps of constellations, and images from the Hubble Space telescope provide inspiration for students to create their own starry-night artwork.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Magic Tree House Space Mission (Planetarium Show).

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

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