In-class Programs

Prekindergarten-2nd Grade Programs

One Class
45 minutes in length
All In-class programs have accompanying power-point presentations and will require a form of projection for the class.

Origami Adventures
Target Grade Level: Prekindergarten
Consumable
 Supplies
This hands-on workshop is perfect for little fingers that just can’t keep still! We will begin by reading Fold Me a Poem by Kristine George and talking about all of the amazing things you can make with paper. Students will then learn about the ancient roots of paper, and compare and contrast regular paper with recycled paper and traditional origami papers. The second half of the workshop will be dedicated to creating several examples of origami animals that students will get to take home!

Bubble Blast
Target Grade Level: Pre-K-Kindergarten
Consumable Supplies

Based on our popular “Bubble Blast” show, this workshop will introduce young learners to the science of bubbles. Learn how to make giant bubbles, paint with bubbles, and make a bubble explosion!
*Additional flat rate of $50 added to a field trip for this workshop for preparation, supplies, and cleanup. This fee covers up to 3 workshops for the same school on a single date.
*Teachers should be aware that this workshop is messy and will require cleanup afterwords.
*Capacity: 20 students

Busy Bees
Target Grade Level: Prekindergarten
Consumable Supplies

Students will learn about the life-cycle and roles of honeybees, what goes on inside a beehive, how bees pollinate flowers, and how they produce honey. They will also learn how honeybees communicate with one another using a special “bee dance,” and get to practice performing the dance themselves. Students will even get to taste different kinds of honey and learn a little about beekeepers!

Bigger Busier Bees
Target Grade Levels: Kindergarten-2
Consumable Supplies 

Students will learn about the life-cycle and roles of honeybees, what goes on inside a beehive. They will also learn how bees communicate with each other, how they pollinate flowers, and how they produce honey. The program culminates with students using “bee bots,” an exciting robot designed for use by young learners, and in using bee bot, students will practice critical programming skills, like sequential reasoning, to complete simple tasks.

Cost for PreKindergarten-2nd Grade Outreach Programs 

  • Payment is due 3 business days prior to your program via check or credit card.   
  • $110 per Program  ($50 for each additional class with the same program, same day, and same location)
  • Any school that is further than 25 miles from the Riverfront Museum will pay for the extra miles. 

3rd-12th Grade Programs 

One Class
45 minutes in length
All In-class programs have accompanying power-point presentations and will require a form of projection for the class.

Folding Paper
Target Grade Levels: 4-8
Consumable Supplies 

Students will learn about the history of paper and paper-making, getting the opportunity to make their own homemade recycled paper. During the artistic process, they will also learn about the industrial paper-making process and be able to compare and contrast the two methods. Students will then learn about the history of origami, as well as the different types of origami. Each student will create a piece of origami to take home.

Scratch Computer Programming
Target Grade Levels: 3-9
No Consumable Supplies 

In this unique technology-focused workshop, students will be introduced to the exciting world of computer programming. Through group discussion, journaling, demonstration, and hands-on participation, students will begin to develop a familiarity with programming terms and computational reasoning skills. The workshop will culminate in a student-led exploration of MIT’s innovate Scratch computer programming software, as students work in pairs to design and write the code for their own interactive computer presentation.
*One hour in length
*Ask about a virtual option!

Electricity & Magnets
Target Grade Levels: 4-6
No Consumable Supplies 

Students explore the connection between electricity and magnets, including how electricity can make magnets move, and how moving magnets can create electricity. Included in the workshop materials are magnets, batteries, copper wires, a Van de Graaff generator, a Leyden Jar, and more!

Light Spectrum
Target Grade Levels: 4-12
No Consumable Supplies 

Students will participate in hands-on experiments to explore the spectrum of light. First they will recreate Isaac Newton’s famous experiment demonstrating that white light is a mixture of all the colors of the rainbow. Next they will experiment with sunscreen and black light to detect the presence of invisible light beyond the violet end of the rainbow: ultraviolet. And finally, they will use a thermal camera to see how they glow with their own invisible light beyond the red end of the spectrum: infrared.

Extreme Worlds!
Target Grade Levels: 4-12
Consumable Supplies 

Students will learn about the characteristics of the planets and moons in our solar system. They will also experience the extreme conditions found throughout the solar system, by interacting with hands-on demos involving dry ice, sulfur, liquid nitrogen, and air pressure. They will gain an appreciation of how incredible the Earth is, and how important it is to protect the planet.

Mississippian Culture
Target Grade Levels: 4+
No Consumable Supplies 

The Mississippian culture flourished from about 900 CE to 1450 CE. Its people were noted to be one of the first prehistoric Native American groups to move from a nomadic lifestyle to a stationary lifestyle. In this presentation, students learn about the Mississippians, their society and technology, and their eventual decline. Students also interact with hands-on artifacts and artifact replicas of the Mississippian culture.

Cost for 3rd-12th Grade Outreach Programs

  • Payment is due 3 business days prior to your program via check or credit card. 
  • $150 per Program ($60 for each additional program not requiring consumable supplies class; same program, same day, and same location. $70 for each additional program with consumable class; same program, same day, and same location.)
  • Any school that is further than 25 miles from the Riverfront Museum will pay for the extra miles.

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For more information or to schedule a program for your school, contact Holly Johnson - Every Student Initiative/Group Tours Coordinator at 309.863.3013 or at hjohnson@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.