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Outreach Programs

Below you will find an updated list of Outreach Programs offered by the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connectict. If you have any questions about any programs or would like to speak to soneone direclty, please contact us!

Grade Levels:

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

Tiny Houses, Tiny Homes

Grade:

Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K.1, PK.1

Learn about habitats and homes around the world! Children become architects and builders as they draw a blueprint and then work with partners to construct their own mini-habitats from the museum’s collection of Roy Toy wooden log building sets.

Up & Down Roller Coasters

Grade:

Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K.1, PK.1

Up, down and loop de loop, come along on a fun roller coaster ride! Students will learn about force, motion and gravity by building roller coasters out of variety of materials along with problem-solving what to do if roller coaster tracks don’t work.

Enviroscapes®

Grade:

Grade Four, Grade Six, Grade Three

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

3.4, 4.3, 6.4

Enviroscapes® Coastal
Using the Enviroscape® Coastal Model, students learn about point and non-point sources of pollution and the effects on the ocean and coastal communities. Students experience the effects of pollution including above ground pollution through simulated rain experiments, as well as groundwater contamination through observing leaking underground storage tanks. Students also participate in an oil spill simulation and attempt to clean up the spill near the simulated shore.

Enviroscapes® Waste Management and Recycling
Using the Enviroscape Waste Management Model, students learn how waste management practices and landfills of today are designed to manage the long-term disposal of solid waste (trash). Through interactive demonstrations, students compare the old style, illegal dumps to the newer landfills that are designed to prevent harm to the environment, including ground, water, and air. Students also participate in a recycling activity, in which they learn how to determine if items can be reused, recycled, or composted.

Enviroscapes® Watershed
Using ENVIROSCAPE, a watershed model, students explore point and non-point sources of pollution. This hands-on activity allows students to experience the effects of pollution and discuss conservation methods. Students participate in a water filtering activity in an attempt to clean polluted water as well.

Enviroscapes® Wetlands
Using Enviroscape®, a wetland model, students learn how wetlands function. We’ll explore how wetlands reduce the rate of flooding and erosion, hold pollutants, and provide habitats for birds and other animals. We’ll also learn how wetlands improve the quality of our water, and discover we can do to help conserve our wetlands. Students also play a game to help them understand the importance of wetlands.

Specialty Program Price: $175

STARLAB Earth, Moon, Sun

Grade:

Grade Five

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

5.3

This program presents the rotation of the Earth, its’ revolution around the sun/reason for the seasons, the Moon and its’ phases. Designed to align with CT Science Framework for fifth grade students studying this topic.

STARLAB is a portable traveling planetarium that seats 25 children. Enjoy a planetarium experience without leaving your facility. Programs last for 45 minutes. There are special requirements for demonstration space. Please call the Education Department for details: 860-691-1111.

Specialty Program Pricing $275 plus mileage/$200 each add’l same day program

STARLAB Stargazing Across the Seasons

Grade:

Grade Five, Grade Four, Grade Three

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

3.1, 4.1, 5.3

Explore the different constellations of each season in the Northeast-more constellations, less stories.

STARLAB is a portable traveling planetarium that seats 25 children. Enjoy a planetarium experience without leaving your facility. Programs last for 45 minutes. There are special requirements for demonstration space. Please call the Education Department for details: 860-691-1111.

Specialty Program Pricing $275 plus mileage/$200 each add’l same day program

STARLAB A Look at the Night Sky

Grade:

Grade Five, Grade Four, Grade Three

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

3.1, 4.1, 5.3

Pick a date and time of night and we will explore the different constellations and stories from Greek mythology associated with them.

STARLAB is a portable traveling planetarium that seats 25 children. Enjoy a planetarium experience without leaving your facility. Programs last for 45 minutes. There are special requirements for demonstration space. Please call the Education Department for details: 860-691-1111.

Specialty Program Pricing $275 plus mileage/$200 each add’l same day program

STARLAB Starlight, Starbright

Grade:

Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K.1, PK.1

After learning what a star is, children enter the dome and look at different star patterns. This program presents actual pictures around the constellations in the night sky to help younger children imagine what the constellations represent. Start with the day of your visit and rotate through the seasons. Full of stories from Greek Mythology.

STARLAB is a portable traveling planetarium that seats 25 children. Enjoy a planetarium experience without leaving your facility. Programs last for 45 minutes. There are special requirements for demonstration space. Please call the Education Department for details: 860-691-1111.

Specialty Program Pricing $275 plus mileage/$200 each add’l same day program

Junior Meet the Animals

Grade:

Grade Four, Grade One, Grade Three, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, 1.3, 3.2, 4.2, K.2, PK.2

A shortened version (½ hour) of the popular Meet the Animals program is perfect for the younger crowd. Our staff will introduce your students to the natural world with live animals. The program is a perfect learning tool for concepts such as colors, textures and what living things need to survive. Program includes 2 live animals, props and information provided by an educator.

Specialty Program Price $175 plus mileage

Meet the Animals

Grade:

Grade Four, Grade One, Grade Three, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, 1.3, 3.2, 4.2, K.2, PK.2

Learn about ecosystems, habitats, food webs and many other aspects of the natural world in a way that is exciting for your students during this one hour program. Our staff will bring live animals to your classroom or assembly program to enhance your curriculum or as a treat for your school. Appropriate for all grade levels. Program includes 4 different live animals, props and information from an experienced animal handler and educator.

Specialty Program Price: $200 plus mileage

Let’s Get Building! Human Habitats

Grade:

Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K.4

Enter the construction zone and become a builder! Children take a look at habitats around the world before dressing like a builder, creating a blueprint, and finally constructing their own habitats from the museum’s extensive collection of Thinker Linkers.

Specialty Program Price $175

Energizing Electricity

Grade:

Grade Four

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

4.4

Book this sizzling program and explore the power of electricity through plasma balls, The Tesla Coil, Van De Graaff generator and more! Participate in our Circuit Workshop and become part of a Human Circuit, make a light glow, rotate a fan or start a motor!

Specialty Program Price$175

Engineering 101

Grade:

Grade Four, Grade One

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.1, 4.1

Learn about force and how the motion of objects can be changed by pushing and pulling. Explore five examples of simple machines and determine how they make our work easier.

Let’s Get Healthy!

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Two

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, 2.4

Use the new guidelines from Michelle Obama’s MyPlate and Let’s Move campaign to sort foods into basic food groups, discover how food gives our bodies energy, and get moving with simple exercises to stay healthy and strong. Learn about the human digestive process with our “Digestion Apron”, and even grow your own pizza garden to take home!

Seed To Plant

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Two

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, 2.2, 2.3

Dissect a seed to find the baby plant and take a journey through its life cycle (seed germination, growth, flowering, pollination and seed dispersal). Look at plant parts using our Root Tank and discuss plant needs as you plant something of your own.

Fossils to Footprints

Grade:

Grade One, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, K.1, PK.1

Go back to prehistoric times when these fantastic creatures roamed the earth! Find out what they may have sounded like, looked like and acted like. Become a paleontologist and dig for remnants of these ancient beings and create a fossil of your own!

My Five Senses

Grade:

Grade One, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, K.1, PK.1

Use the fab five to explore your way through our stations. Squish around in our sensory bin, visit our tasting station, use our I Spy jars and eye charts or explore the parts of our model ear. Lots to hear, taste, smell, touch and see!

Under the Sea

Grade:

Grade One, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, K.1, K.2, PK.1, PK.2

Literature and the museum’s large collection of sea life artifacts start children on an exploration of the ocean habitat. Explore different seaweeds, meet some sea creatures, put together our Giant Clam, use realistic stamping to create individual art or a classroom mural, and hunt/classify shells!

Color Explosion

Grade:

Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K.1, PK.1

Learn about colors through story and felt board before diving into color mixing with our test tubes and droppers, sorting color teddies, making rainbows and bags of color. Take home your own color wheel!

Amazing Magnets

Grade:

Grade Three, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

3.1, K.1, PK.1

Come explore the properties of magnets! What is a magnet and what “sticks” to them? Students will be introduced to concepts such as attraction, repelling and magnetic poles. Activities include using magnetic wands to discover what is attracted to magnets, making magnets repel each other, building with a variety of magnetic materials and making a craft using magnets.

Crazy Science

Grade:

Grade Five, Grade Four, Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Two, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.4, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, K.1, PK.1

Get out the safety glasses and lab coats-It’s slime time! From reactions to polymers, scientific principles such as states of matter, substance density or surface tension, children use equipment to investigate. Don’t miss the spectacular ending!

Germ Jungle

Grade:

Grade Four, Grade One, Grade Three, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.3, 3.2, 4.2, K.1, K.2, PK.1, PK.2

We live in a germ jungle! Learn about the different germs around us, look at germs through magnifiers, see if there are any on your hands with our black light and discover how to make them go away with hand washing. Do a germ collection from your location to grow your own germs!

Don’t Burst My Bubble!

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Two, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.4, 2.1, 3.1, K.1, PK.1

What is a bubble? Have you ever seen a square bubble? Create a bubble wall and hold hands through it! Different activities are offered from putting a child in a bubble to bubble painting. You won’t believe how many things you can make bubbles with!

Force and Motion: Rollercoasters

Grade:

Grade Four

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

4.1

After exploring different rollercoasters around the world and a virtual ride, students break into teams and create a rollercoaster of their own. Children work with Newton’s three laws of motion and the forces involved in the operation of rollercoasters as they design, build, and test their own creations.

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