Incredible Insects


Insects can be found all over the planet; in the rainforest, in caves, and in our own backyards.  At four different stations students learn how to identify basic insect body parts, observe examples of real insects of all shapes and sizes from habitats around the world, and get up-close and personal with living insects!

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GRADES: 2 -3

Fossils provide evidence about the types of plants and animals that lived long ago. Students learn that fossils are mineral replacements, preserved remains, or traces of organisms that lived in the past.  Some of the real fossils include amber with insect inclusions, dinosaur stomach stones, coprolite, fern imprint, triceratops bones. (Replicas of dinosaur claws, teeth, eggs, and many more!)

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GRADES: 2 -3

Students are presented with an exciting introduction to the three rock types. They learn about rock formations and properties using an extensive museum collection of rocks and crystals. Four stations are set up for hands-on exploration.

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Green Energy


The ever-growing human population has an impact on our planet's natural resources.  Students realize that some resources are renewable, while others are not.  Participants follow steps in the Engineering Design Process to design an offshore energy farm.  They construct models of wind turbines and decide on the appropriate location to place them in the environment.  They test their designs and placement, then redesign and replace to make their farms more efficient.

Engineering the Future


Students learn about the interdependence of Science, Engineering and Technology by creating a man-made ecosystem.  Students are first introduced to an ecosystem and its components by learning about food chains and food webs.  Using the Engineering Design Process, students then design artificial habitats with a balanced flow of energy and which meet all the basic needs of their inhabitants.

Dynamic Earth

GRADES: 4 - 6

Learn about the structure an origin of Planet Earth. Starting with the crust, students explore the formation and properties of the rock types using our specimens. Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics theories are discussed to give students an understanding of how our planet has changed. Students rotate through five hands-on exploration stations (three rock, one crystal, and one fossil).

  • Grade 6 includes a cross section of the earth’s interior to explain location of tectonic plates

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outreach programs for GRADEs k- 1 are 45 minutes.
Programs for grades 2 and above are 1 hour.

Fees:  $175 for single program presentation

            $350 for two presentations (same topic)

            $500 for three presentations (same topic)

            $25 Mileage Fee for schools located 25-49 miles from Science Center

            $50 Mileage Fee for schools located over 50 miles from Science Center

  • One class is allowed per presentation. Classes may not be combined and additional students cannot join presentations.  A fee of 50% of the total programming cost will be invoiced to your school if classes are combined or additional students join a presentation.

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