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Classroom Programs

Classroom Programs

Available at the Museum or at your school

Add a TEKS-aligned classroom program to take your field trip a step further. 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-February and June-August on Tuesday-Sunday and in March-May on Monday-Sunday

Can’t make it to the Museum? Let our Museum educators bring the excitement and energy of a field trip to your classroom instead! We’ll facilitate the program of your choice, supplying everything your students need to conduct experiments, study specimens from our collection or participate in an auditorium program. We can even bring the universe to you, using our amazing Portable Universe planetarium, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, to transform your gym or multipurpose room into a stunning simulation of the night sky. Or try out our distance-learning programs with ScienceCast, allowing us the Perot Museum to stream live to your classroom and interact with your students in real time.

ABC’s of Chemistry

Through hands-on experiments and educator demonstrations using safe but reactive materials, students will explore the fundamentals of chemistry, including: lab safety and nomenclature, what is matter, states of matter, physical and chemical changes, conservation of mass and the periodic table

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
2nd – 1ab, 2aef, 3bc, 5abcd
3rd – 1a, 3ab, 4ab, 5abcd
4th – 1ab, 3ad, 4ab, 5abc
5th – 1ab, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcd
6th – 1ab, 3ad, 4ab, 5acd
7th – 1ab, 3ad, 4ab, 6ac
8th – 1ab, 3abcd, 4ab, 5abcdef
High School Chemistry – 1a, 2efghi, 3aef, 4acd, 5a, 11a

Adapt to Survive: Animals

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.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
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
High School Biology – 2e, 3adf, 7e, 12abc
High School Environmental Systems – 2e, 3aef, 4b

Air & Weather

Discovery is in the air as students explore properties of air, the water cycle and the causes of a variety of types of weather. Students will become meteorologists as we head outside and take data using thermometers, anemometers and other weather monitoring equipment.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
3rd – 1a, 2abef, 3acd, 4ab, 8a
4th - 1a, 2abef, 3acd, 4ab, 8ab
5th – 1a, 2acef, 3acd, 4ab, 8a
6th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab
7th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab, 8a
8th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab, 10abc

Amusement Park Physics, Jr.

Everyone loves roller coasters, bungee jumping, free falling and bumper cars. Learn how physics plays an important role in the design of our favorite amusement park rides. Students will be introduced to topics such as force, motion and energy.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
3rd – 1a, 2abcdef, 3ad, 4ab, 5a, 6abc
4th – 1a, 2abcdef, 3ad, 4ab, 5a, 6ad
5th – 1a, 2abcdefg, 3ad, 4ab, 5a, 6ad

Amusement Park Physics

A day at the amusement park is more than fun and games — it’s a non-stop display of physics in action! In this program, students will explore scientific concepts such as force, mass, velocity, acceleration, motion, gravity, momentum, inertia, friction and energy.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
6th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 7ac
7th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 7ac
8th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 6abc

Career Talks

Whether you teach elementary school, middle school or high school, our popular Career Talks are a great way to introduce your class to different occupations in the fields of science and technology. Each talk is present by a Perot Museum professional who will not only discuss Museum careers, but also touch on other careers in the science fields – specifically those that offer tremendous opportunities here in North Texas.

To inquire about availability, please contact reserve@perotmuseum.org. Please not that availability for Career Talks is very limited, especially in the spring. We recommend getting your requests in early. 

CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation

What do bugs have to do with forensic science? In this hands-on, station-based program, students will learn how the life cycles of some insects can be used as crucial evidence towards solving a crime. Students will use a range of scientific techniques to examine, identify and compare evidence collected from the scene of a crime against a federally protected species — in an attempt to link suspect, victim and crime scene with physical evidence.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
6th – 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4ab
7th – 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4ab, 11a
8th – 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4ab
High School Biology – 1a, 2efgh, 3adef, 10c, 11c, 12ac
High School Environmental Systems – 1a, 2efgik, 3abde, 9ek

Dig Those Dinos

Journey back into prehistoric time as your class takes on the role of paleontologists at hands-on centers. Students will have the opportunity to handle real and replica fossils and discover how dinosaurs lived, what they ate and who ate them!

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

Dinosaur & Fossil Discoveries

Ever wondered how paleontologists have figured out so much about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures like when they lived, what they ate, what they looked like, even what colors they were? Find out in this educator-led journey into dinosaur science. Your class will get to handle replica fossils of ancient animals that once roamed Texas and put their paleontology knowledge to the test with a dino-themed game show. Formerly "Paleo 101."

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
3rd – 2a, 3ad, 9abc, 10ab
4th – 2a, 3ad, 7b, 9ab, 10a
5th – 3ad, 7ad, 9ab, 10a
6th – 2a, 3abd, 10d, 12d
7th – 2a, 3abd, 8a, 10a, 11ab, 12a
8th – 2a, 3abd, 9ab, 11abc
High School Biology – 2ce, 3af, 7abe, 8b, 12ab
High School Earth & Space Science – 2c, 3af, 8abc

Discovering Plants

During this hands-on, station-based program, your students will learn about the diversity of plants on Earth. Students will examine plant parts and soil samples under a microscope to uncover the characteristics that define them and learn how plants have evolved to thrive in a wide variety of habitats.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
3rd – 1a, 2abdef, 3ad, 4ab, 7a, 10ac
4th – 1a, 2abdf, 3ad, 4ab, 7a, 9a, 10ac
5th – 1a, 2bcdf, 3ad, 4ab, 9abd, 10ab
6th – 1a, 2ace, 3ad, 4ab, 12e

Discovering Plants, Jr.

Curious students will discover the secret life of plants through instructor-led activities such as a guided lima bean dissection and exciting soil exploration. Students will also prepare a take-home activity that will allow them to predict and observe plant growth at their own pace. Formerly “Plant Path.”

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
K – 1ab, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9ab, 10abcd
1st – 1ab, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 9a, 10b
2nd – 1ab, 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 9a, 10b

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.

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

Engineer it: Basic Builders

Pushing, pulling and lifting are common forms of work, and with the help of machines, we humans have learned how to make our work a little easier! In this  interactive program, students will  explore the principles of simple machines and how they work. Working together, your students will function as  engineering teams to build machines of their own using LEGO® Simple Machine Kits.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
K – 2be, 3c, 5a, 6cd

Force, Motion & Energy

Students will explore forces and motion using custom-built catapults designed to simulate the three classes of levers. Using the scientific method as a framework, students will experiment and gather data to determine which class of lever launches a ball the farthest. Topics include: forces and motion, simple machines, lever, parts of a lever, work, potential and kinetic energy, experimentation, data collection and the scientific method.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
3rd – 2abcdef, 3ad, 6bc
4th – 2abcdef, 3ad, 4a, 6ad
5th – 2acefg, 3ad, 4a, 6ad
6th – 1a, 2acde, 3ad, 4a, 8ab
7th – 1a, 2abcde, 3acd, 4a, 7a
8th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 6ac

Fuel Up! Alternative Energies

Students will explore alternative energy, the carbon cycle and the importance of biofuels in this hands-on, center-based program. They’ll use solar and hydro¬electric-powered model cars, conduct an experiment to find out which household drink would make the best biofuel and look at plant cells though a digital  microscope — all to better understand the balance of energy on our planet.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
4th – 1ab, 2abcdef, 3abd, 4ab, 7c
5th – 1ab, 2abcdefg, 3abcd, 4ab, 6a, 7ac
6th - 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab, 7a
7th - 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab, 6a
8th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab
High School Earth & Space Science – 2c, 3af, 12bce
High School Environmental Systems – 2b, 3af, 5cd, 6b, 9j
High School Chemistry – 2bcde, 3adef, 5hi

Geology Rocks

Learn about geology, the rock cycle and plate tectonics in this hands-on, station-based program. Students will identify and classify rocks and minerals using a dichotomous key, piece Pangea back together using fossil clues and explore how movement of Earth’s continental crust has shaped the landforms we are familiar with today.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
3rd – 1a, 2adef, 3ad, 4ab, 7abcd
4th – 1a, 2adef, 3ad, 4ab, 7ab
5th – 1a, 2acef, 3ad, 4ab, 7ab
6th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab, 6ac, 10b
7th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab
8th – 1a, 2abce, 3ad, 4ab

Geology Rocks, Jr.

Explore earth science by investigating rocks, minerals and soil in this center-based program. Your students will take on the role of geologists as they engage in hands-on experiments and activities including: rock formation, rock and mineral classification and properties, and the properties of soil. Formerly "Earth Explorers."

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
K – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 5a, 7ac
1st – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 5a, 7ac
2nd – 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 7ac 

LEGO: Simple Machines

In this hands-on array of guided activities, students will learn all about simple machines and what makes them not always so simple. Using LEGO® educational kits, students will build examples of simple machines and gain a stronger understanding of what “mechanical advantage” means.

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

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
1st – 2be, 3b, 4a, 6c
2nd – 2ae, 3ab, 5d, 6cd
3rd – 2a, 3a, 6abc
4th – 2a, 3a, 6ad
5th – 2b, 3ac, 6ad

Lookout: The Eye Dissection

*Lab based program
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.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
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
High School Biology – 1a, 2ef, 3af, 5b, 10a

Magnet Mania

May the force be with you! This program takes a hands-on approach to helping your class understand the power of magnetism. Students will gain knowledge of different kinds of magnets and learn about the many things magnets can do while engaging in a variety of magnetic activity stations.

Seeing the earth as a magnet sparked questions regarding the sun and moon... let's talk about space!

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
K – 2abde, 4a, 5a, 6abcd

Pump Up: The Heart Dissection

*Lab based program
Challenge your students to get to the heart of the matter during this guided dissection of the body’s hardest working muscle! Students will learn about the heart’s structure and function, trace the flow of blood through the heart and learn how oxygen, nutrients and hormones are transported throughout the body.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
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
High School Biology – 1a, 2ef, 3af, 5b, 10a

Robotics: STEM Connections

This program introduces students to the fundamentals of robotics through each of the STEM disciplines. In this hands-on, center-based program, students will learn about the parts of a robot, including: the central processing unit (CPU), sensors, motors and power supply, logic reasoning, programming and basic electronics including conductors, insulators and circuits. Careers in STEM fields are also highlighted.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
4th – 1a, 2a, 3ad, 4a, 6abc
5th – 1a, 2ab, 3ad, 4a, 6ab
6th – 1a, 2ab, 3ad, 4a, 9c
7th – 1a, 2ab, 3ad, 4a
8th – 1a, 2ab, 3ad, 4a

Sound & Light Investigations

In this center-based program, students will learn about the wave nature of light and sound by conducting experiments to explore reflection and refraction, the Doppler effect, and how sound travels through mediums. Students will identify the parts of a wave — including wavelength, frequency, crest and trough — and collect data to determine the frequency of a tuning fork. Formerly “Catch Some Waves.”

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
4th – 1a, 2abcdef, 3ad, 4a, 6a
5th – 1a, 2abcdefg, 3ad, 4a, 6a
6th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 8abcd
7th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 7ac
8th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 6abc

Trash Island: Albatross Pellet Dissection

*Lab based program
Garbage, garbage everywhere, and not a bite to eat! Plastic debris pollutes our oceans, and marine life such as the Laysan albatross, often mistake it for food. By studying the pellets that albatrosses regurgitate, scientists monitor the impact of marine debris on the diet of these birds. 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 its contents. Real pellets will be available to observe and examine, but dissection pellets will be artificial replicas.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
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
High School Biology – 1a, 2e, 3abde, 11b, 12f
High School Environmental Systems – 1a, 2e, 3abdef, 9abj

Weather Explorers

Discovery is in the air as students explore air, weather and seasons. Your students will become junior meteorologists as we conduct an experiment to make a cloud in the classroom, then head outside to observe and record the weather.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
K – 1c, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 8abc
1st – 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 7b, 8abcd
2nd – 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 8abcd

Classroom Programs
Program Events

ABC’s of Chemistry
Adapt to Survive: Animals
Air & Weather
Amusement Park Physics, Jr.
Amusement Park Physics
Career Talks
CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation
Dig Those Dinos
Dinosaur & Fossil Discoveries
Discovering Plants
Discovering Plants, Jr.
Do Bugs Bug You?
Engineer it: Basic Builders
Force, Motion & Energy
Fuel Up! Alternative Energies
Geology Rocks
Geology Rocks, Jr.
LEGO: Simple Machines
Lookout: The Eye Dissection
Magnet Mania
Pump Up: The Heart Dissection
Robotics: STEM Connections
Sound & Light Investigations
Trash Island: Albatross Pellet Dissection
Weather Explorers