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Gallery Activities use select exhibits to investigate a particular topic.
Everyone knows what a dinosaur is — or do they? How do you tell a dinosaur from other extinct and living groups of animals? Using the fossil gallery, students will discover important features of this famous group and put their skills to the test.
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS4.A, LS4.D
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.A: Structure and Function
LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
NGSS Crosscutting concepts
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Structure and Function
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
Analyzing and interpreting data.
Engaging in argument from evidence.
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.
Walking with Dinosaurs
Students investigate dinosaur footprints — what they can tell us and why — and learn how to calculate the speed of dinosaurs.
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A
School Workshops are hands-on programs with activities that take place in the museum's education classroom.
Number of Participants: 15 minimum; 30 maximum (students); Duration: 45 Minutes; Fee: $5 per student (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students)
This workshop provides an introduction to geological time with activities that investigate relative and absolute dating.
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.C
This workshop introduces DNA — what it is and how it works. Hands-on activities include DNA extraction and making DNA jewelry.
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.A
Cartoon Guide to Energy
What can falling anvils and exploding TNT tell us about how energy works in the cartoon and real worlds? Using classic cartoon scenarios, students explore how fundamental forces and properties of matter build a framework for thinking about energy across its different contexts.
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.B, PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.A, PS3.B, PS3.C
Quarks: Ups, Downs and the Universe
Discover what the world is made of. Investigate atoms, states of matter and electrical charge. Be atoms, build atoms and find out what they are made of.
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A