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Education Guide 2017-2018

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Plan your next field trip to Mid-America Science Museum!

Educational Field Trips

Bring your students to Mid-America Science Museum for a one-of-a-kind hands-on educational experience that will enhance your classroom curriculum. Current Common Core, NGSS, and Frameworks Correlations are available www.midamericamuseum.org at: Museum offers a Mid-America Science

safe and diverse environment filled with Scientots - 30 minutes each learning experiences forforchildren of allclasses) (Ages 3-6 yrs – also suitable special needs ages andactivities learning Hands-on are backgrounds. paired with a unique and age appropriate story time to emphasize discovery and exploration.

K-6th grade

- 50 minutes each Engineer-it! Spend an hour in our new Tinkering Studio and learn to design like an engineer by exploring the science behind roller coasters!

Get the Dirt on Dirt. Become a soil scientist by identifying different types of Arkansas soil with cool hands-on experiments.

New Exhibit Electricity & Magnetism. Simple circuits, parallel circuits, batteries – Coming October 2017-March 2018!

the basics of how our world is powered are covered in this hands-on class.

Rockin’ Rockets.

Learn about the physics of flight by making rockets out of simple materials. This class is a perfect complement to the Digital Dome Theater shows.

Adventures in Astronomy.

5th grade and up - 50 minutes each

Sheep Heart Dissection.

a traveling exhibition

Enjoy a special free-flying tour of our solar system and discover what it takes to build a spacecraft!

Learn about the anatomy and physiology the mammalian heart. The MEMORY exhibition approaches theofsubject from biological, cognitive, personal, and cultural Sheep Brain Dissection. perspectives. Learn about this complex organ that makes it possible to think, move, feel, see, taste, and smell.

To make ayour reservation 501.767.3461 call: x115 or information email: To schedule group reservation or for more call: audreyp@midamericamuseum.org 501-767-3461 ext. 115 or email audreyp@midamericamuseum.org


Tesla Theater Show! Mid-America Science Museum's Tesla Theater honors Nikola Tesla and his contributions to modern day science with a live performance demonstrating the Guinness Book of World Record's most powerful conical Tesla coil. All shows are aligned with current Common Core Curriculum, NGSS, and/or Arkansas Science Education Frameworks.

Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater Arkansas’ newest digital dome theater is now offering original astronomy shows! A fully immersive, out of this world experience the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater features state of the art sound and visuals on an 180-degree dome screen with a capacity to comfortably seat 50 guests, this planetarium style experience is a must see for stargazers and future astronauts. Groups attending shows must remain together.

NOW SHOWING! The Solar Express 20 minutes Solar Express takes guests on an exploratory journey of our unique solar system, highlighting specific details about the planets, moons, and other celestial objects.

Campfire’s Edge 20 minutes Based on historical and mythological stories, Campfire's Edge examines the unique constellations that make up our night sky.

Eclipses of America 20 minutes Travel back in history and into the future to view solar and lunar eclipses as seen from the United States. Learn about how and why eclipses happen and how they affect our planet.

For more information about the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater and the museum's original dome shows call 501-767-3461 ext. 115 or email audreyp@midamericamuseum.org. Current Common Core, NGSS, and Frameworks correlations available at: www.midamericamuseum.org


Educational Field Trips NGSS & AR Science Standards: available at midamericamuseum.org NEW! 30-Minute Classes

Let museum educators guide your students through science activities that investigate disciplinary core ideas. Electricity and Magnetism: Circuits, magnets, and energy: Geology: Learn about weathering, erosion, soil, and the basics of how our world is powered are covered in this geoscience in this down and dirty class. hands-on class. K – 2nd : 2.ESS2.1 Compare multiple solutions designed to K – 2nd: 2.PS1.2 Analyze data obtained from testing slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of different materials to determine which properties that are the land. best suited for specific purposes. 3rd – 4th: 4.ESS2.1 Observe and measure the effects of 3rd – 4th: 3.PS2.4 Define a simple design problem that weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets. vegetation. 5th – 6th: 4.PS3-2 Make observations and provide 5th – 6th: MS.ESS2.2 Construct an explanation based on evidence of how energy can be transferred by sound, light, scientific evidence for how geoscience processes have heat, and electric currents. changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

50-Minute Classes

These longer classes provide a deeper dive into content aligned with NGSS. Teachers receive educational science learning packets complete with information and activities to carry into the classroom. Astronomy: Using the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater, students learn about the sun, moon, solar system, and where life may be in outer space! K – 2nd: 1.ESS1.1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 3rd – 4th: 4.LS1.1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. 5th – 6th: MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Rockets: Learn about the physics of flight and the engineering of rockets using simple materials. K – 2nd: K-2.ETS1-1 Test and analyze data of two objects designed to solve the same problem and compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs. 3rd – 4th: 3-5.ETS1-3 Plan and carry out tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved. 5th – 6th: MS.ETS1.4 Develop a model to generate data for interpretive testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process so that an optimal design can be achieved. For reservations or for more information call

501-767-3461 ext. 115 or email audreyp@midamericamuseum.org

Engineering: Explore the science behind roller coasters, and how an engineer solves complex problems. K – 2nd: K-2.ETS1.1 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. 3rd – 4th: 3-5.ETS1.1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. 5th – 6th: MS.ETS1.1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

Dissection Classes 5th Grade and Up

Supported by Dr. Gene Shelby Sheep heart or sheep brain dissection All grades: MS.LS1.3 Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

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NEW! Science Days

The entire museum becomes your learning lab! Immerse your students in science as they experience multiple hands-on and interactive lessons located around the museum. Exhibits will be used to Museum demonstrate the concepts of the science theme of the day. Extension materials will be available to use in travel to the classroom after the museum experience. Physical Science Day – Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Discover how light, sound, waves, forces and interactions relate to physics in the museum's Marvelous Motion Gallery and use newfound knowledge to create chain reactions in the Alliance Rubber Company Tinkering Studio.

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Earth Science/Natural Science Day - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Dig into the unique geological, ecological, and biological world that is all things natural. Explore Mid-America Science Museum's Arkansas Underfoot Gallery, Bob Wheeler Science Sky Walk, outdoor nature walk, creek and more! Astronomy Day – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Take flight in the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater as students go on an out of this world 1. States of Matter. Examine all three states of matter with real w experience touring the planets and extraterrestrial objects that make up our solar system. 2. Chemical Changes. Hands-on class about amazing reactions Engineering Day – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 when chemicals are combined. Engage in concepts related to the engineering method, 3D modeling, scientific testing, and exploration of 3. Force, Direction & Mass.Studio. An interactive class about the basi emerging technologies in the Alliance Rubber Company Tinkering 4. Temperature. Examines the effects of temperature on air and All programs are aligned with current CommonWhy Core does Curriculum, 5. Conductors, Insulators & Circuits. electricity flo NGSS, and/or Arkansas Science Education Frameworks. and not others? Explore the properties of electricity!

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Museum educators visit your school with hands-on educational science programming designed to engage your students and tailored to your grade. Available individual classes or general assemblies. or s Select any for combination of classes Engineering: Explore the science behindCall roller for scheduling and prices! coasters, and how an engineer solves complex problems.

Night at the Museum

Rockets: Investigate the physics of flight and the Want the Museum all to yourself? Reserve a private engineering of rockets using simple materials. evening of hands-on education for your school or

Robotics: Examine robotic technology with this group. Museum educators tailor programming to class. A museum educator will use the Cubelets robotics system to teach your students enhance about thisfamily and student learning. Activities can emerging technology. include the Tesla Theater, 55,000 square feet of exhibits, open-ended exploration in the For reservations for Tinkering more information call 501-767-3461 ext. 115 or email audreyp@midamericamuseum.org Studio, and educational classes.

To make a reservation call:


Night at the Museum Want the museum all to yourself? Reserve a private evening of hands-on education for your school or group. Museum educators tailor programming to enhance family and student learning. Activities can include the Tesla Theater, 55,000 square feet of exhibits, open-ended exploration in the Alliance Rubber Company Tinkering Studio, and educational classes.

Supported by The Walton Family Foundation

Science classes the 1st Saturday of every month for girls ages 6 & older! $5 plus general admission. 10 AM - Noon For reservations or for more information call 501-767-3461 ext. 115 or email

audreyp@midamericamuseum.org

SCHEDULE: Green Energy – September 9, 2017 Environmental Science – October 7, 2017 Coding – November 4, 2017 Robotics – December 2, 2017 Astronomy – January 6, 2018 Engineering – February 3, 2018 3D Design/Printing – March 3, 2018


How to make a group reservation Group reservations are available for schools, non-profit and charitable organizations. Have questions about scheduling or would like to make a reservation? Call 501-767-3461 ext. 115 or email audreyp@midamericamuseum.org Exhibit Viewing and Science Days $7 per student or chaperone with advance registration • One adult free for every 10 children Additional Educational Classes & Shows $1 per student for each 30-minute class • $2 per student for each 50-minute class $10 per child for dissection classes • $1 per ticket for Tesla Theater Show $3 per ticket for Digital Dome Theater Show Memberships are not valid for group admissions.

Snack Bar The snack bar is available to our groups on a first come, first served basis. Picnic tables are also available on the museum campus. We offer Value Meals: 2 slices of Cheese Pizza, Fruit Snacks, Bottled Water $6.50 per order. A 10-day advanced notice for food order is required. Hours of Operation Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm • Sunday 1pm-5pm Summer Hours (Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend) Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm • Sunday 1pm-6pm


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Education Guide

2017-2018 Education Guide  

Use this guide to help you in planning your field trip to Mid-America Science Museum!

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