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

We are proud to offer these lab-based, 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 lab-based 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.
  • Lab-based 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.
  • Lab-based programs on your campus must have a teacher or other school employee present at all times. These are available year-round.

ABCs of Chemistry *†

Young chemists will explore the fundamentals of chemistry, including 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 equipment and techniques.

Areas of focus by level:

  • 2nd-5th – physical properties of matter, states of matter
  • 6th-12th – atoms, elements and compounds, physical and chemical changes 
  • 9th-12th – the periodic table, physical and 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
Area of focus: physical properties of matter, states of matter
2nd: 1ab, 2aef, 3bc, 4a, 5abcd
3rd: 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcd
4th: 1a, 2a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcd
5th: 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcd
Area of focus: atoms, elements and compounds, physical and
chemical changes
6th: 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5acd
7th: 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 6ac
8th: 1a, 3ad, 4ab, 5abcdef
Area of focus: the Periodic Table, physical
and chemical changes and properties, types
of chemical reactions, energy changes,
conservation of mass
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, dialoguebased 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, 10abcd

Air and Weather *†

This hands-on investigation encourages students to explore the air, weather patterns, 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, and 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:
SCIENCE TEKS
Area of focus: relative measurements of weather
K: 1a, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 8abc
1st: 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 8abcd
Area of focus: quantitative measurements of weather
2nd: 2abcdef, 3bc, 4ab, 8abcd
3rd: 1a, 2abef, 3acd, 4ab, 8a
Area of focus: weather maps, weather and climate
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 *

Students will develop a deep appreciation and curiosity for Earth’s most common animals — insects. Uncover the unique characteristics, diversity, and life cycles 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:
SCIENCE TEKS
K: 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

Amusement Park Physics *†

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.

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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

Career Days

CAREER DAY SPEAKER

Need a Career Day Speaker? Engage with one of our Museum educators! A Museum educator will come to your class and talk about their career path, interests, and experiences with your students. Specific fields of science can be requested but can’t be guaranteed due to the varied nature of our educator backgrounds and schedules. $175 (two 20-minute programs back to back or one 45-minute program). 30 students maximum per program.

To book a Career Day Speaker, contact us at:

Phone: 214.428.5555 ext. 8
Email: reserve@perotmuseum.org
Fax: 214.756.5890, Attn: Reservations

Mailing Address:
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Attn: Reservations
2201 N. Field Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

Catapult Science *†

Your students will explore force, motion, and energy by using catapults simulating the three classes of levers, then follow the steps of the scientific method to determine which class of levers launches a ball 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 *

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 *

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, 3abcd, 4ab
6th: 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4abb
7th: 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4ab, 11a
8th: 1a, 2acde, 3abcd, 4ab

Diagnosis: The Body in Question

Students will review selected processes involved in treating an ER patient, such as evaluating vital signs, triage, diagnostic tests, and procedures. When supplied with information from a hypothetical 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. 

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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:
SCIENCE TEKS
K: 1a, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 5a, 10ab
1st: 1a, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 5a, 10ac
2nd: 1a, 2adf, 3bc, 4a, 9abc, 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
K: 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. This lab focuses on features of Earth’s surface today as a window to the deep interior and deep time of Earth.

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One of our Geology and 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: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 7bc
4th: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 7b
5th: 1a, 2abcdef, 3ac, 4a, 7bd
6th: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 10acd
7th: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 8b
8th: 1a, 2abcde, 3abc, 4a, 9abc
HS Earth and Space Science: 1a, 2bcfi, 3af,
7a, 9abc, 10bcdef, 11abcd

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.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
3rd – 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 6a, 7d
4th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 7c
5th – 1a, 2abcdef, 3ac, 4a, 7ac
6th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 7a
7th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 6a
8th – 1a, 2abcde, 3abc, 4a
HS Earth & Space Science – 1a, 2bcfi, 3af, 12bc
Environmental Systems –1bcegjk, 5cd, 6bc, 9j
Integrated Physics and Chemistry – 2cde, 3a, 5hi

Geo-Logic

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 crust has shaped the landforms we see today

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
SCIENCE TEKS
3rd: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 5a, 7abcd
4th: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 5a, 7ab
5th: 1a, 2abcdef, 3ac, 4a, 5a, 7ab
6th: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 6c, 10abcd
7th: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a
8th: 1a, 2abcde, 3abc, 4a, 9ab
HS Earth and Space Science: 1a, 2bcfi, 3af,
7ac, 9ac, 10bcdef, 11abc

Geo-Logic, Jr.

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.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

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

LEGO®: Simple Machines *†

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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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.

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On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
SCIENCE TEKS
1st: 2abe, 3a
2nd: 2abef, 3ac
3rd: 2adf, 3ad, 6b
4th: 2a, 3ad, 6d
5th: 2a, 3ad, 6d

Look Out! The Eye Dissection *†

During this guided dissection program, your students will gain a better understanding of vision by exploring the basic structures of a cow’s 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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One of our Anatomy and Physiology Labs
Explore the unique structures of organisms including body systems, organs, and cells.

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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!

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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!

*

On Your Campus Availability: Anytime

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
SCIENCE TEKS
K: 1ab, 2abe, 3abc, 4ab, 6abcd
1st: 1ab, 2abe, 3abc, 4a, 6abcd
2nd: 1ab, 2abef, 3abc, 4a, 6abcd

Pump Up! The Heart Dissection *†

During this guided dissection of a sheep’s heart, students will learn about the structure and function of a mammal’s heart, as well as how oxygen, nutrients, and hormones are transported throughout the body.

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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 students will learn the fundamentals of robotics in this station-based program that explores electrical circuits, how robots communicate, the parts of a robot, and how those parts interact. They will also learn how robotics can open the doors to STEM careers!

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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!

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One of our Geology and 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
K: 1a, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 5a, 6b, 7ac
1st: 1a, 2abcde, 3bc, 4ab, 5a, 7ac
2nd: 1a, 2abcde, 3b, 4ab, 5a, 7ac
3rd: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 5ad, 6c, 7ad
4th: 1a, 2abcde, 3ac, 4a, 5ac, 7a
5th: 1a, 2acef, 3acd, 4ab, 8ab
6th: 1a, 2abcd, 3ac, 4a, 6c, 10b

Texas Ecosystems *

Our great state contains many 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.

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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:
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