Lab-Based Programs

At the Museum 

The Perot Museum is full of expert educators who share your commitment to inspiring minds through nature and science. Our hands-on programs are a great way to enhance your field trip to the Museum.

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On your campus

We know that going off campus for field trips can be difficult. That’s why our On Your Campus educators lead highly engaging, TEKS-aligned programs that can come directly to your school.

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About Lab Programs

  • Can be held at the Perot Museum or on your campus.
  • 45 minutes in length, except where otherwise noted.
  • 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.
  • Programs on your campus must have a teacher or other school employee present at all times. These are available year-round.
  • Dissection labs are premium programs.

Program Subjects

Our lab-based programs fall in three subject categories:

Physical Science: Explore the physical world through the subjects of physics, chemistry, and engineering. These programs feature exciting topics such as force and motion, matter and energy, and engineering and robotics.
Life Science: Explore the diversity of life on Earth through our exciting, hands-on life science programs. Your students will discover topics such as adaptations, life cycles, DNA, and dissections.
Earth and Space Science: Explore numerous fields of study that examine this planet and beyond. Programs in this area focus on weather, fossils, plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, and soils.

2018–’19 Programs and TEKS

  1. ABCs of Chemistry (3rd–5th)

    Students will explore the fundamentals of chemistry, including physical properties of matter, mixtures and solutions, and exciting chemical reactions. The program will also emphasize laboratory safety and introduce students to basic equipment and techniques.


    • 3rd: 5.A, 5.B
    • 4th: 5.A
    • 5th: 5.A
  2. Adapt to Survive (K–6th)

    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.


    • K: 9.A, 9.B
    • 1st: 9.A, 9.C, 10.A, 10.C
    • 2nd: 9.A, 9.B, 9.C, 10.A
    • 3rd: 9.B, 10.A
    • 4th: 9.A, 10.A, 10.B
    • 5th: 9.A, 10.A, 10.B
    • 6th: 12.E
  3. Air and Weather (K–6th)

    This program is a hands-on exploration of air, weather patterns, the water cycle, and the influence of the
    sun — the ultimate driver of atmospheric change.


    • K: 8.A, 8.C
    • 1st: 8.A, 8.B, 8.C
    • 2nd: 8.A, 8.C
    • 3rd: 8.A
    • 4th: 8.A, 8.B
    • 5th: 8.B
  4. All About Bugs (Pre-K–2nd)

    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.


    • K: 9.A, 9.B, 10.A
    • 1st: 10.A, 10.D
    • 2nd: 9.A, 10.A, 10.C
  5. Amusement Park Physics (6th–12th)

    Learn how physics plays a role in our favorite amusement park rides. Students will examine a variety of forces in action, collect and graph data describing an object’s motion, explore Newton’s laws, and investigate conservation of energy.


    • 6th: 8.A, 8.D
    • 8th: 6.B, 6.C
    • IPC: 4.B, 5.A, 5.B, 5.D
    • HS Physics: 4.A, 6.B, 6.D
  6. Brain Power: The Brain Dissection (4th–12th) NEW!

    Starts January 8, 2019

    Gain insight on basic brain anatomy and functions through this guided sheep brain dissection. Working in teams of four, students will uncover how the brain controls all our bodily functions and how a sheep brain compares to that of a human. Program includes one brain per four students. Additional brains may be purchased for $20 each.


    • 4th: 10.A
    • 5th: 10.A
    • 6th: 12.A
    • 7th: 12.A, 12.B
    • HS Biology: 10.A, 10.C
  7. Cretaceous Period: Life and Extinction (9th–12th) NEW!

    90 minutes

    What can fossils and geological evidence tell us about Earth during the Cretaceous Period? This program utilizes paleontology conducted by the Perot Museum in Alaska and local fossils of dinosaurs and other life collected around Dallas-Fort Worth to reveal the ancient world. Through an experiment, students will investigate the possible cause of the terminal Cretaceous extinction.


    • HS Earth and Space Science: 8.A, 8.C
  8. Dig Those Dinos (Pre-K–2nd)

    Piece together puzzling prehistoric clues, discover fossils from afar, and follow dinosaur tracks where they may lead in this station-based program that immerses students in an ancient world of wonder.


    • K: 7.A, 10.A, 10.B
    • 1st: 10.B
    • 2nd: 7.A, 10.A
  9. DNA Fingerprinting (9th–12th) NEW!

    90 minutes, Starts November 12, 2018

    Learn how scientists compare DNA samples using DNA fingerprinting. Students will use models to review the structure and function of DNA, gain experience using micropipettes and other laboratory equipment, and perform the separation techniques of paper chromatography and gel electrophoresis.

    Sponsored by Children's Health


    • HS Biology: 5.A, 5.C
  10. Exploring Plate Tectonics (6th–8th) NEW!

    This program uses hands-on activities to help students discover how features on the Earth’s surface connect to the interior of the Earth and how long- and short-term events shape them.


    • 6th: 10.C, 10.D
    • 8th: 9.A, 9.B
  11. LEGO® Simple Machines: Catapult Challenge (2nd–5th) NEW!

    Learn about simple machines, how they work, and where they are found in our everyday lives. Students will use LEGO® bricks to design and test a catapult, an example of a simple machine called a lever.


    • 3rd: 6.B, 6.C
    • 4th: 6.D
    • 5th: 6.D
  12. Look Out: The Eye Dissection (4th–12th)

    During this guided dissection program, your students will work in pairs to 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.


    • 4th: 10.A
    • 5th: 10.A
    • 6th: 12.A
    • 7th: 12.A, 12.B
    • HS Biology: 10.A, 10.C
  13. Nature Investigators (3rd–5th) NEW!

    In this program, budding naturalists will investigate the ecological clues and signs left behind by nature. They will chat about scat, tracks, skulls, and plants to help them uncover what animals inhabit an ecosystem and how energy flows through it. This program will open their eyes to the delicate balance of the many natural wonders all around us.


    • 3rd: 9.A, 9.B, 10.A
    • 4th: 9.A, 9.B, 10.A
    • 5th: 9.A, 9.B, 9.C
  14. Physics Fun (Pre-K–2nd)

    Explore force, motion, and energy in action! Students will investigate forms of energy, observe magnets and their interactions, use LEGO® bricks to design simple machines, and program a robot to move in different ways.


    • K: 6.A, 6.B
    • 1st: 6.A, 6.B
    • 2nd: 6.A, 6.B
  15. Pump Up: The Heart Dissection (4th–12th)

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


    • 4th: 10.A
    • 5th: 10.A
    • 6th: 12.A
    • 7th: 12.A, 12.B
    • HS Biology: 10.A, 10.C
  16. Robotics 101 (4th–8th)

    What is the difference between a human and a robot? How is robotics used in STEM careers? In this program, students will explore these questions, experiment with electrical circuits, learn how to use binary code, and interact with simple robots.


    • 4th: 6.C
    • 5th: 6.B
    • 6th: 9.C
    • Tech Apps: 6.6I, 7.6I, 8.6I
  17. Sediments and Soils (3rd–5th) NEW!

    Through a series of experiments, students explore the properties of sediments and soils to understand how they’re formed.


    • 3rd: 7.A
    • 4th: 7.A
    • 5th: 7.A

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