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Perot Museum debuts new 2012-13 Programs in Teacher's Guide

DALLAS (August 9, 2012) – Imagine students in a footrace with a world-class sprinter or a Tyrannosaurus rex, experiencing a fearsome (but safe) earthquake, taking a virtual journey deep into the earth to explore the Barnett Shale, forecasting a tornado, or learning about the physics that produce the thrills of a roller coaster ride. 

Those are just a mere sampling of the dozens of educational opportunities outlined in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science Teacher’s Guide, a 28-page booklet and online publication that is being distributed to North Texas educators this week. Reservations are now being taken for field trips, including 3-D films and program extensions (dates available starting January 7, 2013), outreach programs that place Perot Museum science educators directly into teachers’ classrooms or ScienceCast distance-learning programs via videoconferencing (both available this fall). To sign up and learn more, educators can go online to the Teacher's Guide, or  contact the Perot Museum, or complete the Teacher’s Guide reservation form (see details at end of release). The Teacher’s Guide is sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

The Perot Museum’s new technology and curriculum will allow us to greatly expand our commitment to getting school-aged children excited about science and helping them better understand its impact on our daily lives,” said Steve Hinkley, vice president of programs for the Perot Museum. “Supporting the work teachers do in the classroom is important to us. Our educational programming is always very popular, but we anticipate even greater interest this year, so we’re encouraging teachers to book as early as possible.

The Perot Museum’s 2012-2013 Teacher’s Guide outlines programming designed for children pre-K to 12th grade in earth and space sciences, life and natural sciences, chemistry, physical sciences and engineering. From exploring the night sky using the Portable  Universe planetarium to investigating the physics of an amusement park, the Perot Museum will bring learning to life. Programming has been designed to reinforce Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives and keep students enthusiastic about science during the school year. Topics are offered for multiple grade levels with program content tailored to meet the learning needs of each specific group. 

In a nation and world driven by science and technology, it’s crucial our students have a strong foundation of science education,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles. “While Dallas ISD has always worked closely with the Museum, we believe the new Perot Museum and its expanded programming is going to ignite enthusiasm for science and science careers like never before.

There are three ways for educators to engage with the Perot Museum – through field trips to the Perot Museum, onsite programming at schools (in the classroom and after school), and ScienceCast distance-learning programs.

Field trips (dates available starting January 7, 2013) give students a chance to explore the Perot Museum’s 11 permanent exhibit halls, experience awe-inspiring educational films in the new state-of-the-art theater featuring 4K digital projection and powerfully nuanced sound, and take advantage of TEKS-aligned onsite classroom or auditorium programming. The Museum halls will feature state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulation along with tabletop landscapes and computer-generated flyovers to provide eye-popping enhancement. To reinforce the education aspects of the halls,  teachers also can sign up for program extensions, held in the learning labs and auditorium of the Perot Museum’s lower level, that will help students connect more deeply with the material and exhibits they viewed. 

The Perot Museum also will feature educational films, offered in partnership with National Geographic. This spring’s line-up includes “Meerkats 3-D,” “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 3-D” and “Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3-D.” 

Uplift Education has seen first-hand how hands-on learning can bring science to life for even the youngest of scholars. We are anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Perot Museum and are thrilled of having the added benefit of being within walking distance to a world-class science and nature museum,” said Yasmin Bhatia, CEO of Uplift Education. “As educators, we are delighted that they are expanding their outreach education programs. With education funding tightening up, this is an excellent way to bring new science programming into the classroom in a cost-effective manner.

For teachers who cannot come to the Museum but want innovative approaches brought directly to them, Perot Museum educators offer 26 programs that can be taught in classrooms, presented to large groups in auditoriums, or showcased as part of after-school programming. Examples of classroom programs include “Dig Those Dinos,” “Air and Weather,” “LEGO®: Simple Machines,” “Farming for Fuel,” and “Pump Up: The Heart,” to name a few. Auditorium programs include “Electric Theater” and “Fire & Ice.” The Portable Universe planetarium offers “The Sky at Night: Live” and “One World, One Sky.

The ScienceCast distance-learning programs, which the Perot Museum created and introduced a year ago to widespread acclaim, use computer technology to stream live instruction directly to the classroom, empowering students to interact with educators in real time. The seasonal ScienceCast program offerings, are “Masters of Migration,” “Winter Skies” and “Forecast: Stormy Weather.” Offered year-round are the following 50-minute programs – “Paleontology 101,”  “Adapt to Survive,” “ABCs of Chemistry,” and “Fire & Ice.

Both the ScienceCast and in-class instruction programs are available for immediate bookings for fall 2012. 

We believe our partnership with the Perot Museum allows Lamplighter to infuse science education into the classroom experience in an authentic way,” said Joan Hill, Lamplighter Head of School. “We are delighted to be the beneficiary of the Museum’s expertise, vision, and influence. This collaboration gives Lamplighter students an opportunity to learn in ways in which they would not otherwise be able. We applaud the Perot Museum’s efforts to inspire students to become lifelong learners in their vibrant new home.

As an added service to educators (and to inspire their understanding of and enthusiasm for the sciences), the Perot Museum gives teachers free admission to the Museum and a 15 percent discount on family memberships. Teachers must present their school ID to take advantage of these benefits. 

Based on need, the Perot Museum does offer scholarships and financial aid for field trips, educational programming, ScienceCast distance learning and outreach programs. Limited funding is available, so teachers are encouraged to apply early.

To learn more, and to view the Teacher’s Guide online. For questions or to receive a Teacher’s Guide, call 214.428.5555 ext. 8, fax your request to

214.428.4310 or email reserve@natureandscience.org.  To learn more about the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, go to perotmuseum.org