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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-June 5 on Monday-Friday and June-August 28 on Tuesday-Friday.

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.

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.

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

Adapt to Survive: Galapagos Edition

In conjunction with the 3D film, Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland, we are offering for a limited time only Adapt to Survive: Galapagos Edition. This classroom experience will explore in more depth the different terrestrial and marine environments associated with these unique volcanic islands and the organisms that have adapted to survive on them.

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

Air & Weather

This educator-led program engages the students in a tactile investigation of air, the water cycle and causes that drive weather phenomena. Outside, students use their senses to qualify the current weather, then become meteorologists using the tools of the trade to quantify the state of the atmosphere. 

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.

A day at the amusement park is more than fun and games — it’s 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 related to 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 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 related to force, motion and energy.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
6th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 7ac
7th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 7ac
8th – 1a, 2abcde, 3ad, 4a, 6abc
High School Physics – 1a, 2abefghijkl, 3ef, 4abcd, 6b

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. (At the Perot Museum only.)

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

CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation

During this program, students will use a range of scientific 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.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
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.

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

Dig Those Dinos

Journey back into prehistoric time as your class conducts simulated field work at hands-on centers. Students will have the opportunity to make their own fossil discoveries, handle real and replica fossils, and harness their knowledge to imagine how dinosaurs lived!

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

Skeletons are the primary remains of life that become fossils, but how do paleontologists fill in the missing parts of the story? Students can bring fossils to life through this query-based investigation of bones and other skeletons, fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, and examine some examples of exceptional fossil preservation beyond bones.

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:
Kinder – 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, adaptations 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

Force, Motion & Energy

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.

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 examine alternative energy sources, the carbon cycle and the importance of biofuels in this hands-on, center-based program. They’ll explore how living organisms can be used as fuel, conduct an experiment to find out which household drink 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.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
3rd – 1ab, 2abcdef, 3abd, 4ab, 6a, 7d
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

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.

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
High School Earth and Space Science – 1a, 2adcdef, 3aef, 7ac, 9ac, 10cdef, 11b

Geo-Logic, Jr.

Rocks and minerals are a part of our daily lives. When we walk, eat or talk on the phone, we are interacting with materials made of the 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.

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

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

LEGO: Simple Machines, Jr.

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 groups to build simple and compound machines using LEGO® Education
DUPLO simple machines kits.

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

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 will explore magnetism and the amazing things that magnets can do. Your students will engage in a variety of activities to learn what types of objects are attracted to magnets, discover how magnets attract and repel, and explore exciting applications of the magnetic force.

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! 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.

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: STEAM Connections

01010010 01101111 01100010 01101111 01110100! In this station-based program your students will learn the fundamentals of robotics. Activities will explore electrical circuits, how robots communicate, the parts of a robot, and how those parts interact. Your students will also collectively make a piece of “robot art” and learn how to write messages in binary code. The message above says “robot!”

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
High School Physics – 1a, 2ae, 3ade, 6c
Principles of Technology – 1a, 2aeg, 3ade, 4cde, 6abd, 8gh
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses (3) Engineering Design and Problem Solving

Sound & Light Investigations

Look, listen and learn! In this station-based program your students will discover the wave nature of light and sound. Activities will explore the parts of a wave, reflection and refraction, the Doppler effect and how waves travel through different mediums. 

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

Plastic Ocean: Albatross Pellet Dissection

*Lab based program

Plastic debris pollutes our oceans and marine life, such as the Laysan albatross, often mistakes 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 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 the invisible space around us. This educator-led program features hands-on demonstrations such as making a cloud in the classroom, along with an outdoor component that gives students the opportunity to observe and record the weather as junior meteorologists.

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

ABCs of Chemistry
Adapt to Survive: Animals
Adapt to Survive: Galapagos Edition
Air & Weather
Amusement Park Physics, Jr.
Amusement Park Physics
Cell Lab
CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation
Diagnosis: The Body in Question
Dig Those Dinos
Dinosaur & Fossil Discoveries
Discovering Plants
Do Bugs Bug You?
Force, Motion & Energy
Fuel Up! Alternative Energies
Geo-Logic
Geo-Logic, Jr.
LEGO: Simple Machines
LEGO: Simple Machines, Jr.
Lookout: The Eye Dissection
Magnet Mania
Pump Up: The Heart Dissection
Robotics: STEAM Connections
Sound & Light Investigations
Plastic Ocean: Albatross Pellet Dissection
Weather Explorers