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Scientists in Action: Animal Anatomy

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, January 21, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Are you an adorer of animals? Delighted by dissection, or fascinated by feathers and fur? Then you have something in common with Andie Carrillo, Zoology Preparator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Andie works behind the scenes of the museum, studying animal specimens to learn about their lives and environments from their physical characteristics, and preparing each specimen to be kept in our collection and studied by other researchers for years to come.  
 
Join Andie for an in-depth look at her fascinating career and a glimpse at how museums contribute to the study of our natural world. Your students’ questions will guide our exploration! 

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Scientists in Action: Landing on Mars

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, February 25, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time. 

The ultimate road trip to Mars is almost complete! In July 2020, the Perseverance rover was launched on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet. On February 18, this state-of-the-art spacecraft will make its descent to Mars, where it will study the planet’s surface in a survey for signs of microbial life. Join spacecraft engineers and Mars scientists behind the scenes for a live look at how the Perseverance team prepared for “seven-minutes of terror,” the high-powered process of landing a spacecraft on Mars.  
 
Your questions will shape the conversation as we explore the future of space science and find answers to our biggest questions about mysterious Mars.  

 

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Scientists in Action: Studying SUE the T. rex

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, April 8, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

SUE the Tyrannosaurus rex isn’t just any old dinosaur--this fearsome fossil is the  largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever found. This rare specimen has helped  paleontologists answer questions about dinosaur intelligence, lifespan, and movement, making  this famous find a favorite of many scientists. But exactly what kinds of evidence can we observe  on SUE’s skeleton? What mysteries still remain?  

Find out with this live look back in time. Your students’ questions to the experts will be our guide as we unearth answers to questions about the prehistoric past, and the dinosaurs that walked the earth. 

 

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Scientists in Action: Imaging the Ancient World

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, May 6, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Have you ever looked at a fossil fragment or a bed of bones encased in rock and  thought, “how do paleontologists know what they’re looking at?” It’s all about having the  right tools to get the job done.  

In the Digital Research Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the “right tools” include microCT scanners and high-powered computers. These imaging tools create colorful, movable animations that let researchers look inside chunks of rock or examine minute details, revealing features and finds that could have gone undiscovered. Join lead technician Lindsay Dougan for a digital look behind the scenes of the Museum and at research on the cutting edge, and ask your questions of the experts.  

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Virtual Art Station: Titan

Grades 1 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Available for bookings now!

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 Heart

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Available for bookings now!

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 Sculpt-a-saurus

Grades 2 - 5

Virtual Science Academy

Currently booking for the Fall 2020-2021 school year!

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 Lung

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Currently booking for the Fall 2020-2021 school year!

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.

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Virtual You've Got Guts

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Currently booking for the Fall 2020-2021 school year!

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

Currently booking for the Fall 2020-2021 school year!

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.

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Tools @ Tea Time (On Tuesdays with Tim & Ana)

K-12 TPD

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in for an end-of-the day boost, with tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and an opportunity to share strategies with other teachers about remote and hybrid learning.

On-Line Workshop - Exploring New Worlds In Learning: Best Practices in Remote Teaching

Grades K - 12

NOTE: New Dates-
Part I: Saturday, January 23, 2021 
Part II: Saturday, February 6, 2021
9 a.m.–noon on both days  

How do we continue to capitalize on the huge benefits of social constructivist learning approaches when the element of physical proximity is not available? Recent events have catapulted members of our profession into a new period of learning that is both exciting and daunting. In this engaging series of workshops plan on opportunities to:  

  • Learn from the successes & failures of some real classroom teachers including yourselves 
  • Acquire and practice some evidence-based strategies for distance and hybrid learning that you can start using now 
  • Collaborate and share ideas with peers  

 

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On-Line Workshop: Scientific Models: Build engagement and deeper sense-making

Grades 6 - 12

Saturdays, March 6 and 13, 2021
a.m.–p.m. on both days

Models can open up new worlds for allowing students to reflect their understanding of phenomena, especially second language learners. But learning to use them in new ways takes time. Join us for a lively day of activities and strategies. 

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Archive: Explore Before Explain with Pat Brown (Webinar)

Grades 3 - 8

Original Program Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Take a moment to connect online with other teachers and pick up some new tips to spruce up and deepen your lessons for the end of the year.

Archive: Making Argumentation Work in On-Line Environments (Webinar)

Grades 5 - 12

Original Program Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

How can we use scientific argumentation as a way to continue building community and connection with our students in on-line learning environments? What might Argumentation look like on-line? 

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.

Contact us at [email protected] to schedule.

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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 Detectives

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 Adaptations

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

2021 Educators Night

Grades PreK - 12

Monday, January 25, 2021
7–8 p.m.

Teachers, this virtual program is for you! From the comfort of your own home, join DMNS for an evening of fun, relaxation, and laughs only teachers can truly appreciate – done all because we appreciate you! And of course, guests from your own household are welcome!

 

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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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