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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

National Parks Adventure

Join us for the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. You and your students will journey through some of America’s most majestic wild places and discover a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us.

Click here to learn more and explore the National Parks Adventure Educator Guide.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: History & Social Studies, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
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

Science Station

Interaction with STEAM-focused exhibits makes learning meaningful, relevant, and fun! Hands-on, minds-on activities in this unique gallery space encourage students to playfully engage in innovative, open-ended learning experiences. New design, building, and robotics 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: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $1.50 per student & chaperone

Solar System Gallery

Explore the history of our universe from astronomy to paleontology, and learn what Earth was like when Jason the Triceratops roamed the land. Students will encounter a variety of interactive displays that allow them to virtually travel to the Moon, learn about gravity as they weigh themselves on different planets, and more. An exhibition of minerals and fossils, including a 65-million-year-old authentic Triceratops prosus skull, will teach students about our aging planet.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dinosaurs Alive!  (Planetarium Show) and all astronomy-themed Planetarium shows.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Guided Tours   Subject: Science as Inquiry, Life Science, History & Social Studies, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $1.50 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

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

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: $3.50 per student & chaperone

Winter/Spring Exhibition - Finding Vivian Maier Guided Exploration

What are the odds of a camera-toting babysitter becoming a famous photographer? Vivian Maier (1926-2009) worked as a nanny for about forty years on Chicago’s North Shore, taking candid shots of people while on field trips with her young charges. Children playing tag, ladies admiring shop windows, and men waiting for the bus are among the approximately 100,000 photographs by Maier, which were shot in black and white and later color film. Maier became an instant celebrity posthumously when an anonymous trunk of undeveloped film came up at auction in 2009. The purchaser later posted the images on the Internet, catching the attention of art critics world-wide. Students will discuss the difference between traditional photography and digital imagery, learn what makes a successful composition, and talk about the art tradition of street photography.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Bright Light (Class) and Seeing! (Planetarium Show). 

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Guided Explorations   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, History & Social Studies
Cost: $5.00 per student & chaperone

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