Hands-on lessons explore a range of topics from literacy and art to science and engineering as well relate to the current traveling exhibit. These lessons meet California State, Common Core, and / or Next Generation Science Standards. A post-visit lesson that expands on the topic explored at the museum will be provided after the tour.


Special Hands-On Lesson Opportunity
Choose The Hero In You lesson and receive a 2-for-1 admission discount for your visit!

The Hero In You* (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades)
Rocket, an animated Dalmatian puppy, will teach students the 5 Steps for Safety for emergency preparedness. This lesson will empower children to discover the hero in them and enable them to educate their families on proper safety rules.

Rocket will skype into our classroom for a live interactive experience with your students. Rocket is voiced by an actor in a studio allowing for improvisation, interaction, and dialogue with students. Learn more about Rocket here.

*This special hands-on lesson has limited availability beginning February 1, 2017 and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Preschool (ages 4-5 only)
The Greedy Triangle
: In The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, a selfish shape desires to have more sides. After becoming a quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon, and growing out of control, the shape finds its true 3-sided self again. Students will create geometric works of art to bring home.


Lower Elementary
(Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades)
The Hero In You*: Rocket, an animated Dalmatian puppy, will teach students the 5 Steps for Safety for emergency preparedness. This lesson will empower children to discover the hero in them and enable them to educate their families on proper safety rules.
*This special hands-on lesson is available the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Rocket will skype into our classroom for a live interactive experience with your students. Rocket is voiced by an actor in a studio allowing for improvisation, interaction, and dialogue with students. Learn more about Rocket here.

Light It Up!: 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!

Upper Elementary
(3rd, 4th, and 5th grades)
Exciting Electricity
: Discover how energy can be transformed and used in various ways. Students will learn about circuits and create their own circuit puzzles for classmates to solve. At the end of the lab, the students will work as a team and attempt to create a circuit that will go around the entire classroom.


Preschool-5th grade
Amazing Animals 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.

Water Wise
: Water is a non-renewable resource that is shared by every person on the planet. Students will learn about the hydrologic cycle and how to be water wise. Then they will create their own newspaper planter to take a drought-resistant plant home.

Kindergarten
-5th grade
Geometric Tessellations
: Tessellations–patterns made of repeating shapes–combine the creativity of an art project with the challenge of solving a puzzle. Students will learn about geometric shapes and how to use them to create repeating patterns. What will their final design look like?