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.
- 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fuel of the Future †
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.