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Scientists in Action: End of the Dinosaurs, Rise of Mammals

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, May 7

Join paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a live look at the dramatic end of Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, and the dawn of the age of mammals.

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.

Online Course: Explore Before Explain: A Practical and Fun Approach Towards NGSS

Upper Elementary to Secondary Teachers

Monday, June 15, 9–11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 9–11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 24, 9–10 a.m.

Take your learning online this summer. Get ready for the new science standards with ways to sequence instruction that promotes long-lasting understanding for your students by learning how to use a simple yet powerful approach:  Explore Before Explain.

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Tools @ Tea Time

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in to get tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and share strategies with other teachers as we transition to remote learning.

Ecosystem Interactions: Finding the Balance Field Course

Grades PreK - 12

June 20, 2020; 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Initial Face-to-Face (Onsite at the Museum) 
July 11-13, 2020 Three-Day River Field Course

Immerse yourself for 3 days, floating through the wild and secluded beauty of the Gunnison River Canyon. Explore the interactions that occur every day in nature. See how humans continuously affect these interactions.

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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.

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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

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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