Weather—Get the Facts (Grades 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Tour the Museum’s live weather station; find out how weather data are collected and reported; and learn about air pressure, how barometers work, and how wind direction and changing barometric pressure are used to predict the weather. Make wind vanes to take home!
Life in a Lighthouse (Grades 1, 2, 3 & 4)
History and geography come together in this program about lighthouses. Students learn about the first lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and how that lighthouse was responsible for the success of the port city it guarded. They find out about lighthouse daymarks and characteristics, how lenses focus the light so it can be seen very far away, what life was like for lighthouse-keeping familes, and why modern technology is making lighthouses obsolete. This 30-minute program is usually given mid-way through a 1 ½-hour visit so students have an opportunity to return to the lighthouse keeper’s quarters exhibit for dramatic play and deeper understanding.
Small Group: $80, maximum 34 students
Large Group: $120, maximum 50 students
Water Cycle Programs:
The A-MAZE-ing Journey* (Grades 1, 2 & 3)
If you are a drop of water where do you really go? Everyone knows the vocabulary of the water cycle: liquid, vapor, solid, evaporate, condense, precipitate, accumulate. But do students truly understand the processes of the water cycle or the dynamics of how water moves through our planetary watershed? Play to learn these important concepts by taking the A-MAZE-ing Journey through the water cycle in the Museum. After a brief orientation, students are distributed throughout the gallery at stations where they find water represented in different forms. By throwing a special water cycle die for instructions, they move around the gallery as water molecules experiencing evaporation, condensation, precipitation, accumulation and retention in an “up-close and personal” way. At each station, students record their path and learn interesting facts about the water cycle or conduct mini-experiments before moving on to the next destination. At the conclusion of the activity, students gather to review the data and discuss their journey before completing their visit with free exploration time in the Gallery and creating a craft in the Activity Room.
*This intensive program is designed for large groups of 30-50 students. Plan on 1 ¼ hours to complete the program and an additional 45 minutes of free exploration time in the Museum and Activity Room.
The A-MAZE-ing Journey* (Grades 4, 5 & 6)
Live the planetary water cycle in this complex and exciting educational game, perfect for fifth and sixth graders. The focus of this program is on the dynamics of the water cycle: the distribution of water in the water cycle, retention time and movement. During the orientation period, students learn about some unusual properties of water molecules and create unique stickers that are used to identify them during their journey. They also prepare a journal that is used to keep track of the path they take during the game. Data from the journey and the journal are used at the end of the experience to analyze the water cycle from a new perspective. The data collected are sent back with teachers and can be used in math and science extensions in the classroom.
* This intensive program is designed for large groups of 30-50 students. Plan on 1 ¼ hours to complete the program and an additional 45 minutes of free exploration time in the Museum and Activity Room.
Small Group: $130, maximum 34 students
Large Group: $150, maximum 64 students
Stuffee™ The Anatomy Doll at the Museum:
Do you have a big zipper down the front of your chest? Can you unzip your body and take out your insides and look at them? There is someone who can . . .
Stuffee, a plush seven-foot, kid–friendly, hands-on “friend” that makes learning about your body fun.
The 30-minute presentation introduces the internal organ system concept using Stuffee. A lively discussion guides children’s investigation of the individual organs, how organs function together in the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, and what people can do to keep their bodies healthy. Designed for a classroom or small group, the presentation encourages students to handle Stuffee’s soft-stuffed organs, listen to Stuffee’s heartbeat, and appreciate the size and position their own internal organs.
$3.50/person plus $15 fee for each presentation (maximum 16 students/presentation)
$3.50/person plus $50 presentation fee (includes materials). Call for details.