Early Childhood & Early Elementary Workshops

NEW! Enhance your field trip with a Design Lab Activity Session

Design Lab, a new permanent exhibition consisting of distinct “pods”, will allow students to engage in activities, experiments and challenges that provide a deeper understanding of engineering and the design process. Design Lab encourages students to look at the materials around them in new ways.

Each Explainer-led activity session runs 45 minutes. (maximum of 32 students)
Fee: $125 per group (plus admission fees)

 

Sandbox: Dowel Construction

Grades Pre-K – 2

Problem solving, structure, shape and teamwork.
Students build a stable structure out of 3-foot dowels using rubber bands as connectors.

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute session. Maximum 32 students.

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Studio: Happy City

Grades Pre-K – 2

Problem solving, electricity, circuits, conductivity.
Students create things that light up using simple construction materials (boxes, cardboard, tape, pipe cleaners) and electrical components (batteries, LEDs, motors, aluminum foil wires).

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute session. Maximum 32 students.

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Backstage: Shadow Puppets

Grades Pre-K – 2

Problem solving, geometry, light and shadow, mechanisms.
Students use index cards, brass fasteners and wooden sticks to create shadow puppets that move. As they design and test their puppets to achieve desired effects, students explore firsthand how light interacts with matter, it’s role in creating shadows, and how an object’s shadow is affected by the intensity and position of light in relation to both the object and the surface on which a shadow is cast.

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute session. Maximum 32 students.

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Bubble Brainstorm — NEW!

Grades Pre-K – 2

Properties of Matter, Observing, Experimenting and Tool Making:

Engage science process skills (making predictions, conducting experiments, comparing, classifying and sharing findings) through exploring the properties of bubbles, discovering bubble sizes and colors, making your own bubble blowing tools… and blowing lots of bubbles!

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade K – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS3.1b,c,e,
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS3.1e, 3.2a

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Five Senses

Grades K – 2

Observation Skills: Learn how our five senses work together to perceive information in the world around us. Participate in hands-on activities that allow you to observe and draw conclusions about the different senses.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade K – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 3.1b,c,e,
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2

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It’s a Small, Small World

Grades K – 2

Small things: See the very small through magnifying lenses and microscopes. Learn to look for tiny details. This workshop is a good introduction to classification and ties in to the Hidden Kingdoms microbiology exhibition. Take home your own magnifying lens.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade K – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 3.1b,c, Unit 3,
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 1/NYS LE3.1e, Unit 2/NYS PS 3.1e

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Float, Sink, Design a Flink! — NEW!

Grades Pre-K – 2

Buoyancy, Predicting, Testing, Making: Explore buoyancy and properties of different materials by testing whether everyday objects sink or float. Record your discoveries, make predictions and design and build your own creations to test!

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade K – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS3.1b,c,e, f,
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS3.1e,f

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Mixing Color

Grades Pre-K – 2

Color: Predict what will happen when mixing primary colors through a series of experiments. Make and take home decoupage artwork. This workshop relates to the light and color components of the Seeing the Light exhibition.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade K – NYC Unit 1/NYS PS 3.1b,c,
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 3.1

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Classy Classification

Grades K – 2

Classification: Delve into the fascinating world of insects! Become an entomologist and learn how to classify different insects. This workshop provides a solid foundation for learning the principles of classification.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade K – NYC Unit 3/NYS LE3.1a,
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 1/NYS LE3.1a, c

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