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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 Three, Grade Four, Grade Five, Grade Six

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

3.4, 4.3, 6.4, 3-ESS3, 4-ESS2, 4-ESS3, 5-ESS2, 5-ESS3, MS-LS2

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, 5-ESS1

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 Three, Grade Four, Grade Five

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

3.1, 4.1, 5.3, 5-ESS1, MS-ESS1

Starting with the date of your visit, explore the different constellations of each season in the Northeast and hear 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:

Pre-School & Kindergarten, Grade One, Grade Two

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

PK.1, K.1, K-PS3, 1-ESS1, 2-ESS1

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:

Pre-School & Kindergarten, Grade One, Grade Two

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

PK.2, K.2, 1.2, 1.3, K-LS1, K-ESS3, 1-LS1, 2-LS4

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:

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

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

PK.2, K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 3.2, 4.2, K-LS1, K-ESS3, 1-LS1, 2-LS4, 3-LS1, 3-LS2, 3-LS3, 3-LS4, 4-LS1

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:

Kindergarten, Grade One, Grade Two

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

K.4, K-PS2, K-LS1, K-ESS3, K-2-ETS1, 2-LS4, 2-PS1

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 Four, Grade Five, Grade Six

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

4.4, 4-PS3, 3-5-ETS1, MS-PS3

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:

Kindergarten, Grade One, Grade Two, Grade Three, Grade Four

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.1, 4.1, K-PS2, K-2-ETS1, 2-PS1

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:

Kindergarten, Grade One, Grade Two

Core Science Standards Curriculum:

1.2, 2.4, K-LS1, K-ESS3

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

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