Outreach programs allow teachers the luxury of staying at school and having our educators come to them! We offer programs for Pre-K through 5th grade on a number of subjects including magnets, electricity, physics, insects, and weather. The Family Museum also offers Family Nights where a Museum educator will come to your school with all the activities and supplies needed for two hours of fun family exploration in math, science, or flight.
How to Register
Programs are designed to be presented to one class group of approximately 25 students at a time and for the students to come to the presentation rather than moving the presentation. Programs are limited to one topic per day.
Program Length: 50 minutes per class
1 program: $100
2 programs: $150
3 programs: $185
4 programs: $220
5 programs $255
*plus $.55 per mile round trip mileage outside the Quad Cities Metro area.
Programs are available Fridays or when available.
Bubble Wonder (Grade Pre-K-3)
Become a bubble-ologist and discover the unique properties of bubbles. Experiment with many different ways of making bubbles, bubble shapes, and colors.
Creepy Crawly Critters (Grades K - 2)
Get buggy and come eye-to-antennae with real live insects. Make a life cycle model and identify insects and non-insects.
Love Affair of Maggie Nets (Grades K-3)
Build knowledge about magnets and demonstrate basic principles of magnetism.
Sound Science (Grades K-3)
Check out the vibrations all around us and explore seeing, feeling and hearing sounds. Make a vibrating cup.
Polymer Play (Grade 1-6)
Look! Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? No! It's a polymer. Learn about states of matter, chemistry, and strange molecules called polymers - all while experimenting with slime!
Gadgets and Gizmos (Grades 3-5)
Explore the simple machines - levers, wedges, pulleys, inclined planes, gears, screws and more on our amazing "Tennis Ball Bowling Gizmo". Students create a new contraption that will push, pull, roll and do work.
Puppet Playhouse Theater (Grades 3-5)
Create simple puppets and bring familiar, but slightly skewed, stories to life as readers' theater productions.
Push Pull Forces (Grades 3-5)
Observe the forces of push, pull, and friction to makes things go, change direction, or stop. Build a roller coaster that's really fast... or maybe slow. (An open floor space is required.)
Solids and Liquids and Gases... Oh My! (Grades 3-5)
Investigate the properties of matter through open-ended, hands-on activities that explore solids, liquids, and gases. Learn lab safety while using dry ice. (Access to hot and cold water required.)
Spin It! (Grades 3-5)
Discover the science of rotation in art, toys, and paper helicopters.
Understanding Electricity (Grades 3-5)
Static electricity can be shocking! Build a circuit including a light bulb and a switch. Test conductors and insulators.
Weather Wonders (Grades 3-5)
Find out how air, sun, water and Earth work together to make weather happen. Experiment with air pressure and investigate lightning. (Access to water required.)