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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

Flight of the Butterflies

Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey, join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, and discover the compelling true story of a scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway in this beautiful scientific adventure.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with The Traveling Trunk Show (Interactive Educational Theater) and Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies (Class).

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Life Science, History & Social Studies, Science & the Environment
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Forces of Nature

Follow scientists on ground–breaking quests to understand what triggers earthquakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes.

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

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

Geology Guided Exploration

Includes a 30-minute Solar System Gallery Guided Tour and a related 30-minute hands-on activity.

Get hands-on with geological processes and activities in the Solar System Gallery. 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 Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (Planetarium Show).

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

Program Type: Guided Explorations   Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $5.25 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

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.

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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

Science Station

Interaction with STEAM-focused exhibits makes learning meaningful, relevant, and exciting. Hands-on, minds-on activities in this unique gallery space encourage students to playfully engage in innovative, open-ended learning experiences. Design and building 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: Art, Math, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $2.00 per student & chaperone

Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein

Join us for an exciting voyage of discovery through space and time as your students learn about the laws of nature and the discoveries of Albert Einstein as well as his own philosophy of remaining inquisitive and discovering the world for yourself. This is an animated show which uses the latest technological developments and combines fascinating facts with an emotional story, generating an enduring learning effect.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Marbles, Motion, & Magnets (Class) and Solar System Gallery (Guided Tour) or Astronomy (Guided Exploration).

Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein is preceded by a live, presenter-led tour of the current seasonal night sky.

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Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

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

Solar System Gallery Guided Tour

Explore the history of our universe from astronomy to paleontology in the Solar System Gallery. Students will encounter interactive displays that allow them to virtually travel to the Moon, learn about gravity, 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 Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea, Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (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: Life Science, History & Social Studies, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $2.00 per student & chaperone

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