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Join us for a themed exploration of a Museum exhibit! A Museum educator will offer an investigation activity that promotes the development of science inquiry, engineering design, and/or math skills; we will provide supporting resources to assist chaperones and help focus student exploration of the surrounding exhibit. Investigation activities are designed to help make connections to curriculum standards in the frameworks.

Programs are offered Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm., and are available by request only, subject to availability. Complete the School Request Form at least two weeks in advance.

Participating schools need to divide students into groups of 30 to 40. Each group should plan to spend 30 minutes in the exhibit.

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Alternative Energy: Where does the electricity we use come from? Students experiment with an array of materials to create their own circuits, investigate how an electric current is generated, and explore alternative sources of electrical energy. Exhibit: Energized! (Blue Wing, Lower Level). Recommended for grades 3 – 8.

Animal Adaptations: How do an animal’s physical features help it survive in its environment? Students use their observation skills to explore this question by examining similarities and differences between New England animals. Exhibit: New England Habitats (Green Wing, Level 1). Recommended for grades Pre K – 5.

Forces at Play: How do forces affect the motion of an object? How can we use machines to make work easier? Students experiment with a simple machine and make a line graph to help them explore the relationship between work, force, and distance. Exhibit: Science in the Park (Blue Wing, Level 2). Recommended for grades 3 – 8.

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