Thank you for your interest in educational programs available for you and your child at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Below are just a few current and upcoming educational opportunities.
SAVE THE DATE FOR ENGINEERS WEEK!
February 25, 2016 - Engineers Week Homeschool Afternoon-February 25, 2016. Join area professionals for an afternoon of hands-on engineering experiences. For more information, visit http://www.fwmsh.org/engineers-week
Museum School® Fall Classes for Homeschool Students
A class featuring STEM projects for students in 4th-6th grade (age 9-11)
Engineers dream up creative, practical solutions and work with teams of people to invent, design, and build things that matter. When engineers set out to solve a problem, their first solution is rarely their best. The series of steps engineers use to arrive at a solution is called the design process. In STEM Squad, students will work through a challenge using the design process to brainstorm and collaborate, design, build, test, evaluate and revise when needed. The design process provides a structured way to take an idea from the initial to “finished product” stages, using information from mistakes that are made along the way. At the end of each class, teams will display their projects and share their experiences with parents.
Click here to download a PDF of the Museum class brochure which contains more information about the homeschool STEM Squad classes as well as Saturday classes. The brochure has class dates, times, fees, descriptions, registration instructions and the registration form. Several openings are still avaiable – register now by mail, fax or phone. (On-site registration is not available. Fax and phone registrations require the use of a credit card.) Your confirmation will be mailed soon after the registration is processed.
For questions about classes or the registration process, call 817-255-9335 or send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to serving you and your family soon!
Download the Chemistry Colors Our World Educator Guide for great hands-on science activities for your students: http://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/outreach/ncw/celebratingchemistry/ncw-2015-celebrating-chemistry.pdf
We mention it all the time, but http://www.howtosmile.org/ is our staff’s favorite website for math and science activities. The Advanced Search menu is fantastic and will help you find just the perfect activity or website for your student.
The Teachers TryScience web site (http://www.tryscience.org/) offers several hundred STEM lesson plans for teachers from upper elementary through high school grades. The topics are cutting edge, meant to demonstrate the relevance and excitement of science and engineering to students. Each plan includes instructions and a list of materials for a hands-on team-building project that brings the lessons alive. IBM developed Teachers TryScience as a community service to help prepare students for STEM careers and interests.
Imagine donating your computing devices' idle computing power when it's on but you're not using it actively, whether for a short break or for hours at a time. Imagine that computing power helping global researchers speed their work toward finding cures for cancer and Ebola, or making solar power cells more efficient. You can do exactly that and have a teachable moment at the same time by downloading World Community Grid (https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/). Hundreds of thousands of "donors" have enabled more than 1.1 million years of computing power to help dozens of researchers speed up their work in a very safe manner. Get more info and sign up at the link above.
DOWNLOAD the THINK exhibit app. Explore how progress happens with this app for kids, innovators and forward thinkers. Explore how we can follow this path to address some of our most pressing challenges—from the grand to the everyday. This app is a perfect compliment to the Museum’s THINK exhibit-use it before your visit to the Museum to prepare or go deeper into the exhibit content after your field trip.
RESEARCH AND LEARNING CENTER
Take part in educational research in the Research and Learning Center
FWMSH’s Research and Learning Center was recently awarded a National Living Lab stipend from the National Science Foundation! Meet a researcher or be a part of a current research study in the Inventor Studio on Saturdays between 10 and 4. Find out about current and upcoming research studies at fwmsh.org/research-and-learning center.
CAST YOUR VOTE for the best scientist communicator! On Saturday, November 7, at 11 A.M., TCU’s 3 Minute Thesis final competition will be held in the Research and Learning Center. During this short competition, each of 6 TCU PhD finalists will have 3 minutes to explain his/her research in a language understandable to a non-specialist audience. The competition will be judged by YOU, the audience! This exciting event is free, but reservations are required. Contact email@example.com to make reservations or to learn more.