Museum workshops are a great way to provide your students or group with an in-depth, facilitated experience exploring science topics that support New York State Teaching Standards. For full descriptions of our workshops, download a copy of our Educator's Guide.
Dinosaurs, Mastodons and More
Examine real and replicated fossils. Using knowledge about animals today, they will be able to hypothesize about animals that lived long ago.
Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and More
Discover Earth’s (and even WNY’s) history through hands-on exploration. Students can examine real and replicated dinosaur and Mastodon fossils from the Museum’s collection, and make inferences about animals of the past by using knowledge about animals today.
Learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle! Students will participate in hands-on, interactive activities around tooth brushing, hand washing, healthy eating and exercising. Perfect for an elementary classroom!
Discover the roles insects play in our everyday lives and in natural communities around the world. Students will examine the stages of their life cycles, analyze their adaptations and learn how scientists classify insects and other arthropods.
Discover the world of simple machines. Students will learn to identify the common simple machines and work together to create compound machines to solve a challenge.
Bodies Are Us
Explore the body systems and how they are all interconnected. Students will examine how the choices people make impact their quality of life. Build your workshop by choosing up to three of the topics below:
Explore major world civilizations through the Museum’s education collection. Students will compare civilizations’ traditions, beliefs and geography through hands-on learning. Build your workshop by selecting up to three of these civilizations:
What can we learn from the rocks under our feet? Using the Museum’s collection of rocks and minerals, students will examine the geologic process that make up the rock cycle, including plate tectonics, weathering and erosion.
Our Place in Space
Understand our place in space. Using a hands-on approach, students will visualize our place in the solar system, understand the motions of objects across the sky and investigate the engineering possibilities of future space travel and living.
Discover ecosystems from around the world using biofacts from the Museum’s collection. From the Arctic to tropical rainforests, students can investigate what adaptations help plants and animals survive in their natural habitats, and how changing habitats affect organisms.
Weather and Climate
Investigate weather’s impact on our lives and the environment. Students will develop an understanding of global climate systems and the interactions between air, water and land.
Analyze evidence and clues to help solve a crime! Using the scientific method, students will examine the properties of matter, classify fingers prints and use the science of chromatography.
Gain knowledge of the engineering process through this engaging STEM experience. Using an assortment of everyday items, students will work as a group to design, construct, test and evaluate a prototype solution to a given problem. Challenges include:
What would you do if you were stranded in the wilderness? Work as a team to brainstorm and innovate creative ways to reuse materials to create a shelter, a method for gathering food and a signal for help.
Learn about energy use and conservation by using various materials to insulate a cardboard house and test its efficiency.
$12 per student
Includes self-guided visit of the museum; prices based on groups of 10 or more when booked at least 2 weeks in advance
Length: 45-60 minutes (unless otherwise stated)
Workshops are hands-on, minds-on, theme-based, and customized to be age-appropriate. They are specifically designed to encourage inquiry and student-directed learning.
*Notes workshop is also an Outreach Program
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