Hands-on lessons explore a range of topics from literacy and art to science and engineering as well as relate to the current traveling exhibit. A pre-visit lesson to prepare students for their visit and a post-visit lesson that expands on the topic explored at the Museum will be provided.

Preschool (ages 4-5) only

When a Line Bends a Shape Begins

This bouncy and colorful story by Rhonda Growler Greene, delightfully introduces students to different shapes. Presented in picture and verse, students will discover ten different shapes. Students will then create their own work of art filled with shapes and lines to bring home.
30 students
ART, LITERACY, MATH

Lower Elementary (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade)

Radical Reflections

Students will explore the relationship between light and mirrors by experimenting with reflective materials, multiple reflections, and patterns. At the end of the class, they will make their own kaleidoscope!
60 students
ENGINEERING, MATH, SCIENCE

Upper Elementary (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade)

Fibonacci Art

Math and art come together in this challenging and creative lesson. Students will learn about the Fibonacci Sequence and how it is found throughout nature. Then, using compasses, they will create a work of art that illustrates the number sequence.
30 students
ART, MATH, SCIENCE

Kindergarten-5th grade

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Desert creatures are remarkable animals uniquely suited to live in our environment. Students will learn about native animals, their amazing adaptations, and desert habitats. Students will then create an imaginary animal with its own adaptations for desert survival.
90 students
ART, SCIENCE

Robotic Hexbug Habitat

In this creative and collaborative lesson, students will work together to create a habitat for their hexbugs to navigate. They’ll engineer and problem-solve as they help their robotic bug move the through the environment they create.
30 students
ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY

Special Hands-on Lessons*

Once Upon A Time
(Preschool-5th grade)
Fairy tales from around the world come to life in our newest traveling exhibit Once Upon A Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales. Children will listen to Anansi and the Talking Melon, an African folktale, and then create a shadow puppet inspired by the story.
*This hands-on lesson and exhibit are only available Fall 2017.
30 students
ART, LITERACY

The Hero In You
(Kindergarten-2nd grade)
Rocket, an animated Dalmatian puppy, will help students feel confident and prepared for an emergency by teaching them the 5 Steps for Safety. Rocket is voiced by a live actor and Skypes into our classroom for a live interactive experience with your students.
*This special hands-on lesson has limited availability.
30 students
TECHNOLOGY