Outreach

Bring the Family Museum to Your School!

Outreach programs allow teachers the luxury of staying at school and having our educators come to them! We offer programs for Preschool through 5th grade on a number of subjects including magnets, light, physics, dinos, and chemistry. To register, email Becky or call her at (563) 344-4171.

Outreach Details

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 is 50 minutes per class. Programs are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; other times may be available, please inquire. 
 
Program Cost*:
1 session: $100
2 sessions: $150
3 sessions: $185
4 sessions: $220
5 sessions: $255
 
*Add $.55 per mile round trip mileage outside the Quad Cities Metro area.

Outreach Programs

Fab Five Senses (Pre K)
These fun activities encourage children to examine their environment with all their senses. Play a game that uses hearing and make a gingerbread man that uses feeling, smelling, and hearing.

Explore the Rainbow (Pre K)
Discover what makes a rainbow through story and experimentation. Mix colored water to make new colors. Try mixing clay - are the colors and results the same? Make a cloud and rainbow craft to keep.

It’s a Dino Life! (Pre K - 1st Grade)
Get to know the dinosaurs! Become little paleontologists and look at how dinosaurs are different. Examine the differences between the meat eaters and plant eaters. Play a dinosaur game and make a dinosaur puppet.

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.
We go to the Chicago Children's Museum often and are members of the Children's Museum of Oak Lawn. When we come back to Iowa, we love stopping by for the afternoon. It's perfect for our preschoolers, and I think it beats your competitors! Great job!
— Laura