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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

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.

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

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Science as Inquiry, 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.

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

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Science as Inquiry, 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 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: Science as Inquiry, English & Language Arts
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

Robot Design Challenge

Students master critical thinking and problem-solving skills to build modular robots. By applying inquiry, theory, testing, and data collection, teams collaborate to develop inventions that sense, think, and act upon the world around them. This class culminates in a race that challenges each group to design the smartest and fastest robot.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dream Big (Planetarium Show) and Engineering Encounters (Class).

Available to Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

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