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Guided Programs for Group Visits

Programming Options for the 2019 – 2020 School Year

Guided Programs for School Group Visits and Field Trips

Add a Guided Program to your Field Trip!

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. Multiple sessions are available for larger groups. 

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.

Seed Sleuths

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.

MANKATO AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is excited to offer special group visit programming to second and third grade classes from Mankato Area Public Schools during the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Educators that will be participating in either of these programs, please complete and submit a request form to schedule your visit. A Museum staff member will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Second Grade Classes

Matter in Motion in the Coughlan Quarry

Thanks to the generous support of Coughlan Companies and Jordan Sands, the Museum will offer the Matter and Motion in the Coughlan Quarry program for second grade classes from the district.

Third Grade Classes

Imagineering Challenge