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Our classroom programs are fully TEKS-aligned and available both at the Museum and on your campus.

We are proud to offer these classroom, auditorium and distance learning programs to help your students connect with scientific concepts and principles – and our expert education team can bring many of these programs directly to your campus, too!

To find the classroom programs best suited to your students, please use the at-a-glance guides below, or use the grade and subject dropdowns to filter the list to the right.

* Field Trip Programs at a Glance

† On Your Campus Programs at a Glance

  • All programs are 45 minutes in length.
  • Classroom programs at the Museum can accommodate up to 30 students, and require one chaperone for every seven students. These are available on Monday–Friday from September 1 to June 5.
  • Classroom programs on your campus must have a teacher or other school employee present at all times. These are available year-round.

ABCs of Chemistry *†

This program explores the fundamentals of chemistry through hands-on experimentation using safe but reactive materials. Young chemists will explore basic properties of matter, states of matter and physical and chemical changes that matter can undergo. The program will also emphasize laboratory safety and introduce students to basic laboratory equipment and techniques.

Areas of focus by level:

  • 2nd-5th – physical properties of matter, states of matter
  • 6th-12th – atoms, elements & compounds, physical & chemical changes 
  • 9th-12th – the periodic table, physical & chemical changes and properties, types of chemical reactions, energy changes, conservation of mass
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One of our Field Trip Chemistry Labs
Discover the magic of chemistry with these hands-on labs. Students will explore basic properties of matter, the types of changes that matter can undergo and how chemistry is in action all around us.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
2nd – 1ab, 2aef, 3bc, 4a, 5abcd
3rd – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcd
4th – 1a, 2a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcd
5th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcd
6th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5acd
7th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 6ac
8th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcdef
HS Chemistry – 1a, 2e, 3aef, 4acd, 5a, 8d, 11ab
HS IPC – 1a, 3aef, 6ac, 7abcd

Adapt to Survive *†

Ever wonder how snakes swallow their prey whole or how beavers cut down trees? In this instructor-led, dialogue-based program, students observe taxidermy specimens, skulls, pelts and other natural items to uncover the ways in which animals are both physically and behaviorally adapted to survive, and thrive, in their habitats.

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One of our Nature Labs
Explore how life on earth survives, thrives and interacts through our living and nonliving natural history collections.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
1st – 2abce, 3bc, 9ac, 10a
2nd – 2abf, 3bc, 9ac, 10a
3rd – 2af, 3ad, 9ab, 10ab
4th – 2af, 3ad, 9b, 10ab
5th – 3ad, 9abc, 10ab
6th – 2a, 3ad, 12ef
7th – 2a, 3ad, 10b, 11abc
8th – 2a, 3ad, 11abc

Air & Weather *†

This educator-led program engages the students in a quantitative investigation of air, weather patterns of the seasons, the water cycle and the influence of the sun — the ultimate driver of atmospheric change.

Areas of focus:

  • Kindergarten–1st – relative measurements of weather
  • 2nd–3rd – quantitative measurements of weather
  • 4th–8th – weather maps, weather & climate
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One of our Weather Labs
Every moment of every day, we experience air, weather and climate — diverse conditions that affect us and our surroundings. Through instructor-led demonstrations and activities, both indoors and outside, students will observe the atmosphere from the ground and explore the ether above.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Pre-K

Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 1a, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 8abc
1st – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 8abcd
2nd – 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 8abcd
3rd – 1a, 2abef, 3acd, 4ab, 8a
4th – 1a, 2abef, 3acd, 4ab, 8ab
5th – 1a, 2acef, 3acd, 4ab, 8ab
6th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab
7th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab, 8a
8th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab, 10abc

All About Bugs *

One of our Field Trip Nature Labs

During this program, students will develop a deep appreciation and curiosity for Earth’s most common animals: insects. Uncover the unique characteristics, diversity and lifecycles of invertebrates through live bug encounters and hands-on activities.

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One of our Nature Labs
Explore how life on earth survives, thrives and interacts through our living and nonliving natural history collections.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Pre-K

Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9ab, 10ab
1st – 2abcde, 3c, 4ab, 9a, 10acd
2nd – 2abcdef, 3bc, 4a, 9ac, 10ac
3rd – 2af, 3c, 4a, 10ac
4th – 2af, 4a, 10abc
5th – 2cf, 4a, 10ac

Amusement Park Physics *†

A day at the amusement park is more than fun and games — it is a nonstop display of physics in action! In this station-based program, your students will learn how physics plays a role in their favorite amusement park rides. Activities will explore topics such as potential and kinetic energy, Newton’s laws of motion, and conservation of energy and momentum.

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One of our Force, Motion and Energy Labs
Explore the relationship between force, motion and energy through hands-on activities and experiments in these engaging labs. Physics has never been so fun!

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
6th – 1a, 2abcde, 3acd, 4a, 8abd, 9c
7th – 1a, 2abcde, 3acd, 4a
8th – 1a, 2abcde, 3acd, 4a, 6abc
HS Physics – 1a, 2abefghijkl, 3aef, 4abcd, 6bd
HS IPC – 1a, 2abcde, 3ae, 4abde, 5abd
HS Principles of Technology – 2efhj, 3adef, 4cdfhj, 6abd, 7ab, 9abd

Math TEKS:
6th – 1abc, 3de, 11, 12a
7th – 1abc, 3ab
8th – 1abc, 4c
HS Algebra I – 1abc, 3ab

Catapult Science *†

This program puts the scientific method into motion! Your class will explore force, motion and energy by using catapults simulating the three classes of levers. Students will follow the steps of the scientific method to formulate a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, collect data and draw conclusions to determine which class of levers launches a ball the farthest.

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One of our Force, Motion and Energy Labs
Explore the relationship between force, motion and energy through hands-on activities and experiments in these engaging labs. Physics has never been so fun!

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
3rd – 1a, 2abcdef, 3ad, 4a, 6bc
4th – 1a, 2abcdef, 3ad, 4a, 6d
5th – 1a, 2abcdef, 3ad, 4a, 6d

Math TEKS:
3rd – 1abc, 5a
4th – 1abc, 5a, 8c
5th – 1abc, 4b, 7

Chemistry Connections *

Everything is connected! Discover how chemistry is woven throughout the Museum’s exhibit halls in this interactive program. Your students will investigate chemistry connections to fields such as geology, astronomy, engineering and biology. The program also highlights exciting opportunities in STEM careers across the scientific disciplines.

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One of our Field Trip Chemistry Labs
Discover the magic of chemistry with these hands-on labs. Students will explore basic properties of matter, the types of changes that matter can undergo and how chemistry is in action all around us.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
3rd – 1a, 2adf, 3ad, 4ab, 5abc, 6a, 8b
4th – 1a, 2ad, 3ad, 4ab, 5ab, 6a
5th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5ad, 6a
6th – 1a, 3ad, 4abcd, 5bd, 6c, 11ac, 12a
7th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 12a
8th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abe, 8ac

CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation *

During this program, students will use a range of forensic techniques to examine, identify and compare evidence collected from the scene of a crime against a species of wildlife. They will attempt to link suspect, victim and crime scene with physical evidence.

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One of our Conservation Labs
Through these hands-on investigations, students will discover how humans can have a negative impact on the environment, and learn ways we can improve our relationship with nature and its systems.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
5th – 1a, 2acde, 3ad, 4a
6th – 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4abb
7th – 1a, 2ace, 3abcd, 4ab, 11a
8th – 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4ab

Diagnosis: The Body in Question †

Using a hypothetical situation involving a patient brought to the Emergency Room, students will review selected processes involved in treating the patient, such as evaluating vital signs, triage and diagnostic tests and procedures. When supplied with information from the patient’s ER admitting form as well as various test results, students will evaluate the patient’s condition and make a diagnosis.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
7th – 1a, 2ce, 3bc, 4a, 12b
8th – 1a, 2ce, 4a
HS IPC – 1a, 2cde
HS Biology – 1a, 2fh, 5b, 10c, 11a
HS Chemistry – 1a, 2fhi
HS Physics – 1a, 2ghjk

Dig Those Dinos *†

Piece together puzzling prehistoric clues, discover fossils from far and wide, and follow dinosaur tracks where they may lead in this station-based program that immerses students in an ancient world of wonder. This program can be adapted for higher levels.

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Our Dinosaur Lab
All about dinosaurs! This lab helps students connect the prehistoric world of dinosaurs to the modern field of paleontology!

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Pre-K

Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 1a, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 5a, 10ab
1st – 1a, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 5a, 10ac
2nd – 1a, 2adf, 3bc, 4a, 9abc, 10a