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Outreach Programs

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

Grade Levels:

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

Enviroscapes®

Grade:

Grade Five, Grade Four, Grade Six, Grade Three

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

3.4, 4.3, 6.4

EnviroScape® 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 an “animal” affected by the oil spill.

EnviroScape® 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.

EnviroScape® Watershed/Nonpoint Source
Using the Watershed/Nonpoint Source EnviroScape® 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.

EnviroScape® Wetlands
Using the EnviroScape® Wetlands Model, students learn how wetlands function. They explore how wetlands reduce the rate of flooding and erosion, hold pollutants, and provide habitats for birds and other animals. They learn how wetlands improve the quality of our water and discover what they can do to help conserve wetlands. Students also play our Museum Wetland Game to help them understand the importance of wetlands.

1 Hour Program

Specialty Program Price: $175 plus mileage/$150 each add’l same day program

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.

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.

45-minute program

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

Starting with the date of your visit, explore the different constellations of each season in the Northeast and here stories associated with some of them.

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

45-minute program

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

STARLAB Starlight, Starbright

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Two, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K.1, PK.1

After learning what stars and constellations are, 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. Starts with the date of your visit and rotates through the seasons, hearing some stories from Greek Mythology along the way.

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

45-minute program

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

Junior Meet the Animals

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Two, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, 1.3, K.2, PK.2

A shortened version (½ hour) of the popular Meet the Animals program is ideal 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.

30-minute program

Specialty Program Price $175 plus mileage/$150 each add’l same day program

Meet the Animals

Grade:

Grade Four, Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Two, 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. Program includes 4 different live animals, props and information from an experienced animal handler and educator.

1 hour program

Specialty Program Price: $200 plus mileage/$175 each add’l same day program

Let’s Get Building! Human Habitats

Grade:

Grade One, 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.

1 hour program

Specialty Program Price $175 plus mileage/$150 each add’l same day program

Energizing Electricity

Grade:

Grade Five, Grade Four, Grade Six

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

4.4

In this sizzling program, explore the power of electricity! Students will become part of a Human Circuit, use fruit to complete a circuit, and use Snap Circuits to make a light glow, rotate a fan or start a motor!

45 minute program

Pricing $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Engineering 101

Grade:

Grade Four, Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Two

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.1, 4.1

Learn about force and how the motion of objects can be changed by pushing and pulling. Through hands-on stations, students explore the six types of simple machines and determine how they make our work easier.

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Let’s Get Healthy!

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Two

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, 2.4

Use the guidelines from Michelle Obama’s MyPlate and Let’s Move campaigns 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!

45-minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Seed To Plant

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Two, Kindergarten

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.

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Fossils to Footprints

Grade:

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

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, K.1, PK.1

Go back to prehistoric times to discover what fantastic creatures roamed the earth! Find out what they may have looked like, acted like, and ate. Students become a paleontologist and dissect a “rock” to find a fossil of their own to keep!

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

My Five Senses

Grade:

Grade One, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, K.1, PK.1

Explore your way through our sensory stations. Squish around in our slime bin; try to identify mystery smells; determine what tastes salty, sweet or sour; hunt for items in our I Spy jar; or explore the sounds of every day objects. Lots to hear, taste, smell, touch and see!

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Under the Sea

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Two, Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

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

Using imaginations and some of the museum’s sea life artifacts, children start on an exploration of the ocean habitat. Explore different seaweeds, meet some sea creatures, use realistic stamping to create individual art, and hunt/classify shells!

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Color Explosion

Grade:

Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K.1, PK.1

Learn about colors through a story and felt board before diving into color mixing with our test tubes and droppers, sorting color teddies, and doing some “mouse painting!”

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Amazing Magnets

Grade:

Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Two, 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.

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

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 time to become scientists! From reactions to polymers, scientific principles such as states of matter, substance density or surface tension, children do experiments to investigate. Don’t miss the spectacular ending!

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Out of This World

Grade:

Pre-School & Kindergarten

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K-PS3-1, PK.1

Look up and what do you see? Students will learn about some of the objects in our sky with a focus on the Sun, Moon, Stars and Constellations. They will also experiment with how blocking sunlight creates shadows and how the Sun’s position in relation to an object, changes its shadow size.

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

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.

45 minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

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 their roller coaster tracks don’t work.

45-minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Germ Jungle

Grade:

Grade Four, Grade One, Grade Three, Grade Two, 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, see if there are any on your hands with our black light and discover how to make them go away with hand washing. Make a germ craft. Potential to do a germ collection from your location to grow your own germs!

45-minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

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 prints (youngers) or bubble snake blowers (olders). You won’t believe how many things you can use to make bubbles!

45-minute program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

Force and Motion: Rollercoasters

Grade:

Grade Four

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

4.1

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

1-hour program

Pricing: $150 plus mileage/$125 each add’l same day program

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