Workshops

Workshop

Workshops are generally 45 minutes in length, and are facilitated by a knowledgeable staff member from the Programs Department. Workshops and presentations are highly interactive and give the students opportunities to test, explore and investigate concepts, rather than simply listen to a lecture. Workshops cost an additional $3 per student, per workshop, to the base $5.50 admission price.

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Art Workshops

Folding Paper
Target Grade Levels: 4-8
Capacity: One class, approx. 25-30 students

Students will learn about the history of paper, paper-making, the industrial paper-making process, the history of origami, and the different styles of origami. Each student will create a piece of origami to take home.

Science Workshops

Electricity and Magnets
Target Grade Level: 4-6
Capacity: One class, approx. 25 students

Students explore the connection between electricity and magnets. Included in the workshop materials are magnets, batteries, copper wires, a Van de Graaff generator, a Leyden Jar, and more.

Extreme Worlds
Target Grade Levels: 4-12
Capacity: One class, approx. 25-30 students

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 demonstrations involving dry ice, sulfur, liquid nitrogen, and air pressure.

This workshop is about space - pair it with a Planetarium Show!

Light Spectrum
Target Grade Levels: 4-12
Capactiy: One class, approx. 25 students

Students will participate in hands-on experiments to explore the spectrum of light. They will recreate Isaac Newton's famous experiment with white light, use sunscreen and black light to see ultraviolet light, and use a thermal camera to see how humans glow with infrared light.

Want to pair this with a show? Try Mysteries of the Unseen World or Cosmic Colors: Adventures Along the Spectrum!

Moon Mission
Target Grade Levels: 3-8
Capacity: One class, approx. 25-30 students

Students will learn the characteristics of the Moon and its cycles with hands-on activities. Explore why the Moon phases, how its appearance changes over one "Moonth," and demonstrate the size comparison and distance between the Earth and the Moon.

This workshop is about space - pair it with a Planetarium Show!

Scratch Computer Programming
Target Grade Levels: 3-9
Capacity: One class, approx. 20 students

In this unique technology-focused workshop, students will be introduced to the exciting world of computer programming. The workshop will culminate in a student-led exploration of MIT's innovative Scratch computer programming software.

Size and Scale
Target Grade Levels: 3-12
Capacity: One class, approx. 25-30 students

Students will participate in hands-on activities that help them to understand the size and scale of space. Teachers may customize their experience by choosing between different activities.

This workshop is about space - pair it with a Planetarium Show!

Stream Table Investigations
Target Grade Levels: 4-12
Capacity: One class, approx. 20 students

This program utilizes the River Science Lab and Stream Table by showing, in miniature, how water shapes our world. Students will experience hands-on learning by building their own rivers, dams, islands, and watching the erosion and deposition caused by the water.

Weather
Target Grade Levels: 4-8
Capacity: One class, approx. 25 students

Students will learn about how the water cycle and the characteristics of air, water, earth, and sun determine the weather we experience every day. Students will experience hands-on demonstrations of air, electricity, water pressure, and ends with a demonstration of our Tornado Cannon.

Want to pair this with a show? Try Extreme Weather