Exhibit Investigations



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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 Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 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.

Evolution and Natural Selection: How do species change over time? How do we identify the evolutionary relationships between species? Students explore a variety of sources of evidence that help us understand evolution, from identifying how natural selection allows a species to evolve and adapt to using a cladogram to discover the relationship between modern birds and dinosaurs! Exhibit: Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic (Blue Wing, Lower Level). Recommended for grades 6 – 8.

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.

Making Observations: Your Senses and Beyond: How do we observe the world we are a part of? Students use their observation skills to explore and measure the limits of their own senses and discover how we can use technology to enhance our observations of the world around us. Exhibit: Take A Closer Look (Blue Wing, Lower Level) Recommended for grades Pre K – 8.