Guided Programs for Group Visits
2019 – 2020
Groups may choose to include a guided program as part of a visit, for visits scheduled October through August. Guided program sessions are approximately 45 minutes in length and are facilitated by Museum Educators for groups of up to 25 children at a time. A program session may be repeated if the group size is larger than 25 children. To ensure quality guided program experiences, we recommend a maximum of 2 program sessions per visit.
S.T.E.A.M. Powered Guided Program Themes
Digging into Soil and Compost
This program is designed for participants in grades K-2 who visit the Museum as part of a group visit. The program focuses on what soil and compost are, what they are made of, who lives in them and helps make them, and how we use them. The program includes opportunities for participants to explore and investigate soil and compost samples, and practice close looking with worms from a vermicomposting bin.
The activities in this plan are designed for participants in grades K-2 who visit the Museum as part of a group visit. This program focuses on what seeds are, and what they become. Scientific investigations and creative movement activities will support program participants cracking the case of seeds.
Simple Machines at Work
This program is designed for participants in grades 1-3 who visit the Museum as part of a group visit. The focus of this program is on simple machines, what they are, how they work, and how they help us do work. This program includes demonstrations of simple machines from around the Museum, as well as hands-on engineering challenges for participants.
Seeing or Sensing Differently with Robots
This program is designed for participants in grades K-3 who visit the Museum as part of a group visit. The focus of this program is on robots, what they are, how they work, and what they can do that helps us. Robot demonstrations highlighting different sensors will be shared before participants experiment with robotics sets and use what they discover to help them with a special challenge.
Winter Count Art
This session is designed for students in grades 2-4 who visit the Museum with a school or community group. The focus of the lesson is exploring the winter count at the Museum and its importance in Dakota culture, and creating artwork that highlights participants own personal experiences. Program participants will have the opportunity to see the winter count at the Museum up close before engaging in an art-making experience.
For Mankato Area Public Schools 3rd Grade Classes: Imagineering Challenge
For Mankato Area Public Schools 2nd Grade Classes: Matter and Motion in the Coughlan Quarry. Watch Matter & Motion video here.
Please direct any questions about guided programs via email.
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