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Classroom Programs

Classroom Programs

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

Registration for the 2015-16 school year opens August 3rd!

The Perot Museum is more than a collection of exhibits and specimens — it also consists of expert educators who share a commitment to inspiring minds through nature and science. That’s why we offer program extensions — at the Museum, at your school, and online — to help your students connect with scientific concepts and principles.

Please use the at-a-glance guides below, or use the grade and subject filters on the right to narrow down the list of available programs.

* Field Trip Programs at a Glance

† On Your Campus Programs at a Glance

  • All programs are 45 minutes in duration and can accommodate up to 30 students and up to 1:7 required teachers/chaperones (21 years or over).
  • Classroom programs at the Perot Museum are available from September-June 5 on Monday-Friday. Classroom programs at your school are available during the school year and throughout the summer.

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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Field Trip Availability:
October 2015, December 2015, January-March 2016

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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Field Trip Availability:
September-November 2015, January 2016, February 2016, April 2016, May 2016

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, 10abcd

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.

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Field Trip Availability:
December 2015, January 2016

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.

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
3rd – 5abc, 8ab
4th – 5ab, 8ab
5th – 5ab, 8ab
6th – 2abcde, 3ac, 4a
7th – 2abcde, 3ac, 4a
8th – 10abc

All About Bugs *

One of our Field Trip Nature Labs

Uncover the secret lives of invertebrates through live bug encounters and hands-on activities. K–5 will learn about insect life cycles and the process of metamorphosis, while 6–7 will tackle taxonomic classification using dichotomous keys.

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Field Trip Availability:
September-November 2015, January 2016, February 2016, April 2016, May 2016

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:
Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9ab, 10abc
1st – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9a, 10acd        
2nd – 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 9ac, 10ac
3rd – 2af, 3c, 4a, 10ac
4th – 2af, 4a, 10abc
5th – 2cf, 4a, 10ac
6th – 4a, 12cd
7th – 4a, 11a, 12a

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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Field Trip Availability:
September 2015-May 2016

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!

*

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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Field Trip Availability:
September 2015-May 2016

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!

*

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

Cell Lab *

Although they vary greatly in size and appearance, all organisms consist of basic units called cells. During this lab, students will discover the differences between animal and plant cells using microscopes and models. Students will learn the proper use of a compound light microscope as well as how to prepare wet mount slides for viewing.

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Field Trip Availability:
October 2015, November 2015, February-May 2016

One of our Anatomy & Physiology Labs
Explore the unique structures of organisms including body systems, organs and cells.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
5th – 1ab, 2cdf, 4ab
6th – 1ab, 2bce, 3abc, 4ab, 12abcd
7th – 1ab, 2bce, 3abc, 4ab, 12cdef
8th – 1ab, 2bce, 3abc, 4ab
HS Biology – 1ab, 2fgh, 3e, 4ab, 7g

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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Field Trip Availability:
October 2015, December 2015, January-March 2016

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, 5a, 6a, 8b, 10a
4th – 1a, 2ad, 3ad, 4ab, 5a, 6a, 10a
5th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5a, 6a, 10a
6th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5bd, 6c, 11ac
7th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 12a
8th – 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5e, 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.

*

Field Trip Availability:
September 2015, October 2015, March 2016, April 2016

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, 3abcd, 4ab
6th – 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4ab
7th – 1a, 2acde, 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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Field Trip Availability:
October 2015, November 2015, February-May 2016

One of our Anatomy & Physiology Labs
Explore the unique structures of organisms including body systems, organs and cells.

*

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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Field Trip Availability:
November 2015, May 2016

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

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9ab, 10ab
1st – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9ac, 10ad
2nd – 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 9ac, 10a

Do Bugs Bug You? †

There are lots of “bugs” in the world, but not all of them are insects. Through live insect encounters and instructor-led activities, your students will discover the unique characteristics and life cycles of insects.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9ab, 10abc
1st – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9a, 10acd        
2nd – 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 9ac, 10ac

Faces of the Earth *

Landforms are the effect of Earth’s processes—past, present and future. Investigating features of the surface provides the window to examine the deep interior and deep time of Earth.

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Field Trip Availability:
September 2015, November 2015, December 2015, January 2016, March 2016

One of our Geology & Landform Labs
From the highest mountains to the deepest undersea trenches, this lab reveals the story of Earth as told by the clues embedded in rocks and landforms.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
3rd – 7bc
4th – 7b
5th – 7bd
6th – 7acd
7th – 7ab
8th – 9abc
HS Earth and Space Science – 7a, 9abc, 10bcdef, 11abcd

Fuel of the Future: Alternative Energies *

In this hands-on, center-based program, students will explore alternative energies, especially geothermal and solar energy. Not only will they explore how these energy sources work, but they'll also study the effects they have on us and our environment as they gain a better understanding of the balance of energy on our planet.

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Field Trip Availability:
September 2015, October 2015, March 2016, April 2016

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:
3rd – 6a, 7d
4th – 6ab, 7c
5th – 6a, 7ac
6th – 6a, 7a
7th – 5a, 6a
8th – 10a
HS Earth and Space Science – 9ab, 12abc
HS Environmental Systems – 5cd, 6abc
HS Integrated Physics and Chemistry – 5ehi

Fuel Up! Alternative Energies †

Students will examine alternative energy sources, the carbon cycle and the importance of biofuels in this hands-on, activity-based program. They’ll explore how living organisms can be converted to energy, explore what would make the best biofuel, look at plant cells though a digital microscope and investigate other alternative sources to meet our needs — all to better understand the balance of energy on our planet.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
3rd – 6a, 7d
4th – 7c
5th – 7ac
6th – 7a
7th – 6a
8th – 5a
HS Earth and Space Science – 12bc
HS Environmental Systems – 5cd, 6b, 9j
HS IPC – 5hi

Geo-Logic †

Rocks are windows to Earth’s ancient past and deep interior. Through hands-on stations, students can learn the language to describe and compare rocks and minerals, examine the rock cycle, piece together the ancient arrangement of continents and explore how movement of Earth’s continental crust has shaped the landforms we see today.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
3rd – 5a, 7abcd
4th – 5a, 7ab
5th – 5a, 7ab
6th – 6c, 10bcd
7th
8th – 9ab
HS Earth and Space Science – 7ac, 9ac, 10bcdef, 11abc

Geo-Logic, Jr. †

Rocks and minerals are a part of our daily lives. When we walk, eat or talk on the phone, we interact with material of Earth. In this program, students explore our planet through various stations that encourage tactile investigations of the basic properties of rocks and minerals, rock formation and soil — where life and Earth interact.

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 5a, 7ac
1st – 5a, 7ac
2nd – 5a, 7ac

LEGO®: Simple Machines *†

From the playground to the classroom, simple machines make our lives easier. In this hands-on program, your students will learn about simple machines, how they work, and where they are found in our everyday lives. Young engineers will work in pairs to build simple and compound machines using LEGO® Education simple machines kits.

We have our own LEGO club at school so our students enjoyed the building portion of the class.

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Field Trip Availability:
September 2015, December 2015, February 2016, April 2016, May 2016

One of our Engineering and Robotics Labs
Design, build and create! Whether building LEGO® simple machines or interacting with a robot, students are sure to love these hands-on labs.

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
1st – 2abe, 3a, 4b, 5a, 6cd
2nd – 2abe, 3ac, 4b, 5a, 6cd
3rd – 2abef, 3ac, 4b, 6cd
4th – 2a, 3ad, 6ab
5th – 2a, 3ad, 6d

Look Out! The Eye Dissection *†

During this guided dissection program, your students will discover the fascinating and complex inner workings of the eye. In teams of two, students will gain a better understanding of vision by exploring the basic structures of a cow eye, its connection to the brain and how the parts of the eye work together.

The eye dissection class was relevant to biology classes and provided excellent student engagement.

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Field Trip Availability:
October 2015, November 2015, February-May 2016

One of our Anatomy & Physiology Labs
Explore the unique structures of organisms including body systems, organs and cells.

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
4th – 1a, 2abf, 3ad, 4ab, 10a
5th – 1a, 2bf, 3ad, 4ab, 10a
6th – 1a, 2ace, 3ad, 4ab
7th – 1a, 2ace, 3ad, 4ab, 12ab
8th – 1a, 2ace, 3ad, 4ab
HS Biology – 1a, 2ef, 3af, 5b, 10a

Physics Fun *†

Discover the exciting world of physics and engineering with this hands-on program. Your students will explore the wonders of force, motion and energy by interacting with magnets, LEGO® kits, robots and more!

*

Field Trip Availability:
September 2015-May 2016

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!

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 1ab, 2abe, 3abc, 4ab, 6abcd
1st – 1ab, 2abe, 3abc, 4a, 6abcd
2nd – 1ab, 2abef, 3abc, 4a, 6abcd

Plastic Pollution: Albatross Pellet Dissection *

Plastic — it’s what’s for dinner! Plastic debris pollutes our oceans, and seabirds like the Laysan Albatross often mistake it for food. In teams of two, students will uncover the impact of man-made waste on delicate ocean ecosystems by dissecting pellets to identify, sort and classify the contents. Real pellets will be available to observe and examine, but dissection pellets will be artificial replicas.

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Field Trip Availability:
September 2015, October 2015, March 2016, April 2016

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, 2bf, 3ad, 4ab, 9ac, 10a
6th – 1a, 2ace, 3abcd, 4ab, 12e
7th – 1a, 2ace, 3abcd, 4ab, 12a, 13ab
8th – 1a, 2ace, 3abcd, 4ab, 11acd
HS Biology – 1a, 2e, 3abde, 11b, 12f
HS Environmental Systems – 1a, 2e, 3abdef, 9abj

Pump Up! The Heart Dissection *†

Challenge your students to get to the heart of the matter during this guided dissection of the body’s hardest-working muscle! By dissecting a sheep’s heart, students will learn about the structure and function of a mammal heart as well as how oxygen, nutrients and hormones are transported throughout the body.

*

Field Trip Availability:
October 2015, November 2015, February-May 2016

One of our Anatomy & Physiology Labs
Explore the unique structures of organisms including body systems, organs and cells.

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
4th – 1a, 2abf, 3ad, 4ab, 10a
5th – 1a, 2bf, 3ad, 4ab, 10a
6th – 1a, 2ace, 3ad, 4ab
7th – 1a, 2ace, 3ad, 4ab, 12ab
8th – 1a, 2ace, 3ad, 4ab
HS Biology – 1a, 2ef, 3af, 5b, 10a

Robotics 101 *†

Your class will learn the fundamentals of robotics in this engaging station-based program. Activities will explore electrical circuits, how robots communicate, the parts of a robot and how those parts interact. Your students will also learn how robotics can open the doors to many exciting STEM careers!

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Field Trip Availability:
September 2015, December 2015, February 2016, April 2016, May 2016

One of our Engineering and Robotics Labs
Design, build and create! Whether building LEGO® simple machines or interacting with a robot, students are sure to love these hands-on labs.

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
4th – 2a, 3ad, 6abc
5th – 2a, 3ad, 6ab
6th – 2a, 3ad, 9c
7th – 2a, 3ad
8th – 2a, 3ad
HS Physics – 2e, 3ade, 5df
HS IPC – 2b, 3ade, 5f
HS Principles of Technology – 2e, 3ade, 4cd, 6abcd, 8g

Rocks and Minerals *

Rocks and minerals are the alphabet of Earth's story. Station-based activities help students discover properties of minerals and learn how they act as building blocks for rocks and so much more!

*

Field Trip Availability:
September 2015, November 2015, December 2015, January 2016, March 2016

One of our Geology & Landform Labs
From the highest mountains to the deepest undersea trenches, this lab reveals the story of Earth as told by the clues embedded in rocks and landforms.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 5a, 6b, 7abc
1st – 7abc
2nd – 5a, 7abc
3rd – 5ad, 6c, 7a
4th – 5ac, 7a
5th – 5a, 7a 
6th – 6c, 7b

Texas Ecosystems *

Don’t mess with Texas ecosystems! Our great state covers about 268,820 square miles, and within its boundaries are very different ecosystems. Your students will observe a range of bio-facts (skulls, pelts, tracks, fossils, etc) from unique ecosystems within different ecoregions to discover how organisms interact with their environment.

*

Field Trip Availability:
September-November 2015, January 2016, February 2016, April 2016, May 2016

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:
Science TEKS:
1st – 2abce, 4a, 9abc, 10a
2nd – 2abce, 4a, 9ab, 10ab
3rd – 2a, 3c, 4a, 9ab, 10a
4th – 2a, 3c, 4a, 9ab, 10a
5th – 2a, 4a, 7d, 9ab, 10a
6th – 2a, 3b, 4a, 12c
7th – 2a, 3b, 4a, 12a
8th – 2a, 3b, 11ab

Weather Explorers *†

We use our senses to express our interaction with the invisible air around us. This program introduces students to a basic vocabulary to describe the qualities of air and weather as they continue their observations.

*

Field Trip Availability:
December 2015, January 2016

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.

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
Kindergarten – 5b, 8abc
1st – 9abcd
2nd – 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 5b, 8abcd

Classroom Programs
Program Events

ABCs of Chemistry *†
Adapt to Survive *†
Air & Weather *†
All About Bugs *
Amusement Park Physics *†
Catapult Science *†
Cell Lab *
Chemistry Connections *
CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation *
Diagnosis: The Body in Question *†
Dig Those Dinos *†
Do Bugs Bug You? †
Faces of the Earth *
Fuel of the Future: Alternative Energies *
Fuel Up! Alternative Energies †
Geo-Logic †
Geo-Logic, Jr. †
LEGO®: Simple Machines *†
Look Out! The Eye Dissection *†
Physics Fun *†
Plastic Pollution: Albatross Pellet Dissection *
Pump Up! The Heart Dissection *†
Robotics 101 *†
Rocks and Minerals *
Texas Ecosystems *
Weather Explorers *†