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School Programs & Educator Events

2019 SCFD Educators Night

Grades PreK - 12

Monday, September 23 from 6–9 p.m.

Prepare to be inspired at SCFD Educators Night as over 75 organizations gather to highlight their amazing programs available to schools.

 

 

Built to Fly

Grades 2 - 5

Curiosity Kits

Discover the marvels of natural engineering! Explore the secrets of nature’s best fliers as your students build gliders and experiment with wing structures inspired by insects, birds, and bats. Imaginations will soar as your students learn about flight through this hands-on design challenge. A maximum of 105 students can be accommodated over three days.

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Lost Worlds of Colorado

Grades 2 - 5

Curiosity Kits

From tropical rainforests to saltwater shores—surprise, discovery, and creativity await! Dig into Colorado’s past using the scientific process as paleontologists and geologists do. Analyze evidence and iconic discoveries, and create simulations of Colorado’s lost worlds where dinosaurs once roamed.

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Powered By Nature

Grades 4 - 8

Curiosity Kits

Harness the power of Colorado’s natural resources in this hands-on game of geographic discovery and real-world ingenuity. Teams will be challenged to power cities across Colorado while balancing energy needs with environmental impacts and cost. Colorado’s future is in the hands of your students!

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Invisible Forces: A Physics Challenge

Grades 4 - 8

Wonder Workshops

Race against the clock and use the invisible forces all around us to uncover mysterious codes and secrets. Your classroom will become a physics laboratory, where students will build, experiment, complete hands-on challenges, and reveal the physics behind sound waves, air pressure, and electricity. Let the adventure begin!

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Mission To Mars

Grades 3 - 6

Wonder Workshops

Blast off on a journey of discovery and make room for a space station orbiting Mars, transporting your classroom of young astronauts. This transformation will challenge your group to use teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity to solve problems and design the future of space travel. Your Mars mission takes science to a new stratosphere! Junior astronauts will be left feeling inspired by human ingenuity and the universe around them.

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Wild Senses

Grades PreK - 2

Wonder Workshops

We will transform your room into a natural wonderland ready to be explored. Young learners take on animal behaviors to experience the natural world around them, as animals would. Kids smell out their food like a squirrel, hunt in the dark like a raccoon, and use infrared detection to see prey like a snake. An adventurous Museum educator will guide your explorers as they discover adaptation and senses firsthand through animals’ wild senses. This program will amaze and delight your animals—er, kids—with pretend play and fun, educational activities.

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Body Systems in Motion

Grades 4 - 8

Wonder Workshops

Get your body systems up and running while racing against the clock to complete challenges about your own body. The entire group will work together to bring their avatar to life.

The Bear Necessities

In this studio program, facilitated by a professional Museum educator, your students are immersed in a Colorado habitat as they become black bears and search for food, water, and shelter. 

Dinosaur Detective

Become a paleontologist in this studio program! Facilitated by a professional Museum educator, your uncover clues from the past in order to imagine what it was like when Colorado’s state dinosaur, Stegosaurus, roamed the land.

Unearth Colorado

Dig up Colorado’s prehistoric past! Use real prehistoric evidence found in fossil analysis to become a junior paleontologist.

Amazing Animal Adaptation

In this fun, interactive adventure, your students will use a keepsake trading card game to explore how animals use specialized senses and parts of their body to adapt to their environment.

Heart Lab

Explore the human body and the parts and function of the circulatory system using hands-on investigations and small-group dissections of real sheep hearts. 

Lung Lab

Explore the human body and the parts and function of the respiratory system using hands-on investigations and small-group dissections of real sheep lungs.

Mystery at the Museum

Become a Museum sleuth with teammates as you solve the mystery of the poisoned scientist!

Unraveling Mummies: Modern Technology, Dissection, and Ancient Egypt

Modern technology allows us to view and study mummies like we never before. Using CT scans and dissections of a real sheep heart, students dig into the culture, anatomy, beliefs, and mummification and burial practices exercised by ancient Egyptians.

School Camp-in: Best of the Museum

Grades 3 - 6

Overnight Adventures

Pack your sleeping bag and your imagination! For groups in grades 3-6, offered on select dates throughout the year. 

Scientists in Action: Bird Brained

Scientists In Action

Wednesday, October 9

Ever wondered about the birds that migrate through your town each year, or what separates a blackbird from a blue jay?

Virtual Art Station: Titan

Grades 1 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Blast off to new discoveries with this live program that merges space science and scientific illustration! Titan is Saturn's largest moon and one of the most fascinating places in our solar system. Students and teachers will learn how to capture their own Titan investigations using scientifically accurate illustrations, just as other great scientists have done throughout history. Materials will be provided.

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Virtual Sculpt-a-saurus

Grades 2 - 5

Virtual Science Academy

Science and art collide to bring the past to life! Your students will take a journey of discovery and creation as they use real fossil evidence to sculpt their very own dinosaurs. This fun class blends live virtual instruction from a Museum educator with mixed digital media, kinesthetic activities, and two-way interactivity. Students piece together clues that teach them about dinosaurs and show them how scientists and artists work together to understand the deep past. Sculpt-a-saurus introduces learners to scientific methodology as well as paleontology, fossilization, erosion, adaptation, and climate.

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Virtual Heart

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Get your students' pulse going with this live dissection experience. Your class will participate in interactive experiments and discussion, as well as guide the dissection of a real sheep heart.

Virtual Lung

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Take your classes' breath away as they get to peer inside the respiratory system. Explore lung anatomy while observing a sheep lung dissection and participate in activities, then make observations to learn how the respiratory system works.

Virtual You've Got Guts

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Are your students hungry for new learning? Explore the cells and organs of our digestive system, a.k.a. your guts, from saliva to bile and rugae to villi. Learn how your guts work with other body systems to break down food to be used as building materials and to provide a raw energy source for all living cells in the body.

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Virtual New Me

Grades 5 - 6

Virtual Science Academy

Explore the physical, emotional and chemical changes to the human body during a sensitive, respectful, co-ed discussion led by a professional educator. Ask honest questions and get honest answers. This class is now only offered as a Distance Learning course.

Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

ECE TPD

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Saturday, June 1

What does science instruction look like for our youngest learners? This workshop introduces ways to incorporate problem based learning strategies into all of the routines of your early childhood classoom. 

Exploring Nature with Young Children

ECE TPD

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Saturday, June 15

What young child doesn't enjoy collecting sticks and rocks? Learn how to put that natural curiosity to work using engaging opportunities for science learning.

Joyful Learning: Earth & Space

Grades K - 12

August 6, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Dear Educators: This is just for fun.  As a lifelong learner, let us pique your curiosity and give you special access to the Museum so that you can simply enjoy three special experiences that will feed your soul. 

Language of Inquiry & Argumentation Hybrid Course

Grades 6 - 12

June 19-21 & October 12

Increase engagement and deeper sense-making by incorporating argumentation, nonfiction text, and scientific writing into your lab activities. Have fun as you observe, practice, plan, and implement research-based strategies that support all learners.

ADI Train the Trainer Certification for ADI Introductory Workshops

Grades 6 - 12

October 21-24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

This institute is designed to help district or school science supervisors and coaches develop the knowledge and skills needed to be able to train teachers about the Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model.

Museum 101

Specially designed for preservice teachers, these in-depth sessions provide science or social studies content knowledge based on your group’s goals, explore the Museum’s unique resources that support curriculum, and introduce programs available for teachers and school groups.

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Design Your Own Adventure

Grades K - 8

Design Your Own

Feeling creative? This option allows you to plan your own adventure at the Museum. Curate your trip to meet your group's needs with temporary exhibitions, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows. Permanent exhibitions and Museum entry are free for PreK-12 school and youth groups.

Field Trip Adventures

Grades PreK - 8

Field Trip Adventures

If a fully planned and guided day sounds like a dream come true, let our Field Trip Adventures do the work by maximizing your fun with activities designed to align with Colorado Academic Standards.

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