Education – Outreach Programs

Can’t bring your class to The Magic House? Let The Magic House come to you! More than 25,000 students every year participate in Magic House programs in their own schools, libraries, camps and child care facilities.

Two outreach program formats – Learning Lab Programs and Interactive Presentations – allow the Museum’s staff of traveling educators to reach a large number of students in a short amount of time.

For further information or to make a reservation, please contact the Education Department: educationinfo@magichouse.org.

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Special Discounts

Outreach Special — September 2015

Half-price rates are available for all daytime outreach programs scheduled during the month of September.

Education Program Fund Scholarships

FREE outreach programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to schools which 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Thanks to our generous donors who contributed to The Magic House Education Program Fund, which enables all students to have access to free learning experiences.

Science Learning Lab Programs

Science Learning Lab Programs transform ordinary school environments into extraordinary science learning labs. These programs require 10 adult volunteers and space to accommodate 10 learning stations. Schools may schedule up to three sessions per day. The same program must be presented at each session.

Program Cost: $225 (one session), $275 (two sessions), $300 (three sessions)

Fees are based on schools within a 25-mile radius of The Magic House. For schools beyond that distance, please add $1.50 per mile.

WaterWorks Kindergarten – Grade 5

Explore the properties of water when you dive into this interactive investigation. Learn about water filtration, surface tension, water pressure, the impact of water on the environment and more.

Program Length: 50 minutes
Size Limit: Maximum 50 students

GLEs: Science K-5: Earth Systems 1Ab, 1Bc, 2Ea, 3Ea, 3Ab
NGSS: Earth Space Science 2.C, 3.C; Physical Science 2.A, 2.B

Saving the Great Outdoors Grades 3 – 5

In this hands-on science program, the impact of human activity on the environment is emphasized as children learn about recycling, water filtration, oil spill clean-up and environmental science.

Program Length: 50 minutes
Size Limit: Maximum 50 students

GLEs: Science 1-5: Science, Technology and Human Activity 1Aa, 1Ca; Ecosystems 1Da, 1Ab, 2Ea, 3Ea, 3Ab
NGSS: Earth Space Science 2.E, 3.A, 3.C

Force and Motion Grades 3 – 5

Newton’s laws come to life with this hands-on approach to learning the basics of force and motion. Experience the effects of friction and gravity on objects in motion. Explore contact and non-contact forces and the basics of inertia while discovering how potential and kinetic energy affect a marble’s average velocity.

Program Length: 50 minutes
Size Limit: Maximum 50 students

GLEs: Science 3-5: Force and Motion 1Ab, 1Ba, 2Aa, 2Ab, 2Ac, 2Ba, 2Db, 2Fb, 2Fd
NGSS: Physical Science 2.A, 2.B, 3.A, 3.B, 3.C

Simply Machines Grades 3 – 5

Students discover how simple machines play a part in everyday life as they investigate wedges, screws, levers, inclined planes and the wheel and axle.

Program Length: 50 minutes
Size Limit: Maximum 50 students

GLEs: Science 3-5: Force and Motion 2Fa, 2Fb, 2Fd
NGSS: Physical Science 2.A, 2.B

Watt's Up With Electricity? Grades 3 – 5

The fundamentals of electricity and magnetism come to light in this program. Students create a working flashlight from a soda can, construct an electromagnet and become enlightened about electrical circuits.

Program Length: 50 minutes
Size Limit: Maximum 50 students

GLEs: Science 3-5: Matter and Energy 2Aa, 2Ab, 2Ac
NGSS: Physical Science 2.A, 2.B


Thanks to generous grants from Ameren, Eaton's Bussmann Business, Energizer, The Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation, and The Graybar Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in STEM-related programs free of charge.

Science Interactive Presentations

Interactive Presentations, delivered by a Magic House Museum educator, are designed for classroom or assembly settings depending on the size of the audience.


Preschool

Program Cost: $100 (one session), $125 (two sessions), $150 (three sessions)
Program Length: 30 minutes
Size Limit: Maximum 20 students

Clifford Programs
Math With Clifford Preschool

It’s big fun for little learners! After listening to a Clifford tale, children sort the Big Red Dog’s belongings to discover simple math concepts of counting and size order.

MELs: Numbers and Operations 1.C. 2.B, 3.C; Patterns and Relationships 1.A, 1.B; Measurement 1.A, 1.C; Exploring Data 1.B Measuring with Clifford CCSS: Counting and Cardinality K.CC.4, K.CC.5; Measurement and Data K.MD.1, K.MD.2

Thanks to a generous grant from Citi, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.


Sense-sational Science Preschool

This hands-on exploration of the senses lets kids see the world through rose-colored glasses, chime in on a listening experiment and learn how the senses work.

MELs: Physical Science 1.B, 2.C; Life Science 1.B

Sounds With Seuss Preschool

Romp through the wonderful world of sounds based on Dr. Seuss’ Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? After the story, play an auditory discrimination game and discover the secrets to sound and vibration.

MELs: Physical Science 1.B, 1.C, 2.B, 2.C, 3.B, 3.C, 4.D

Water Wonders Preschool

Put on your raincoat, push up your umbrella and wade through a storm of wet and wild experiments! Find out how liquid can defy gravity, experience shower power, learn how paper can stay dry under water and discover how air and water interact.

MELs: Physical Science 2.B, 3.C

A Little Bit of STEAM Preschool

This interactive program brings parents and children together for hands-on discovery and fun while exploring basic Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities.

Program Cost: $250
Program Length: 45 minutes
Size Limit: Maximum 50 students and their accompanying adults

MELs: Physical Science 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.b, 3.c, 4.a, 4.b, 4.c; Life Science 1.a, 1.b, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 4.d; Earth and Space 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 4.a, 4.d; Numbers and Operations 1.C. 3.B, 4.E; Geometry and Spatial Sense 1.A, 2.B; Patterns and Relationships 1.A, 1.B, 2.A, 2.B, 2.C; Measurement 1.A, 1.C, 2.A, 2.B; Exploring Data 1.A, 1.B



Elementary

Program Cost: $175 (one session), $225 (two sessions), $275 (three sessions)
Program Length: 1 hour

Binary, Bits and Bytes…Oh, My!  Grades 1 – 5

Binary code is as easy as 01, 10, 11!  Unlock the mystery of binary code and explore how computers send and receive information using just 1s and 0s. Students will also learn the (not-so-secret) code to transform letters of the alphabet into binary numbers as they each make a binary code bracelet.

Size Limit: Maximum 25 students

Big Science Grades 1 – 5

Experience science wonders both big and small with these amazing science activities. Discover the effects of air pressure on eggs, expand perimeter and step through an index card and have a ball with kinetic energy. Be amazed by a miniature hot air balloon, gravity defying water and shrinking chip bags while exploring everyday items!

Size Limit: Maximum 75 students

GLEs: Science K-5: Matter and Energy 1Da, 1Db; Force and Motion 1Aa-c, 1Ba; Scientific Inquiry 1Ca-c
NGSS: Physical Science 1.A, 1.B, 2.A, 2.A, 2.B, 3.A, 3.B, 3.C

Science Spectacular Grades 1 – 5

Students will be amazed as they learn about gravity, flabbergasted as they learn about force and motion, and mystified as they watch objects roll uphill in this program that develops scientific inquiry skills.

Size Limit: Maximum 75 students

GLEs: Science 1-5: Matter and Energy 1Da, 1Db; Force and Motion 1Aa-c, 1Ba; Scientific Inquiry 1Ca-c
NGSS: Physical Science 1.B, 2.A, 3.A, 4.A

Show Me Science! Grades 1 – 5

See the amazing power of air, celebrate your center of gravity and observe the shocking effects of electricity. This demonstration utilizes flying paper, chirping chicks and sinking soap to illustrate everyday physics.

Size Limit: Maximum 75 students

GLEs: Science 1-5:  Matter and Energy 1Aa, 1Ab, 2Ac; Force and Motion 2Ba; Earth Systems 1Cc
NGSS: Earth Space Science 2.C, 3.C; Physical Science 2.A, 2.B

Seuss on the Loose Kindergarten

Learn all about the author who has enchanted generations of children, join in a rhyming game and create a silly Seuss-like story. This interactive literacy-based program is designed to help children read, rhyme and recognize simple words.

Size Limit: Maximum 60 students

GLEs: Comm. Arts K: Reading 1B, 1C, 2B
CCSS: Reading Literature K.6; Reading Informational Text K.5, K.6; Reading Foundational Skills K.2a, K.2d, K.2e, K.3a, 1.2b, 1.2c



Math Interactive Presentations


Program Cost: $125 (one session), $150 (two sessions), $175 (three sessions)
Program Length: 45 minutes

Measuring With Clifford Kindergarten

Clifford went on vacation and left some of his belongings behind. Students explore measurement and use non-standard units of measure to figure length, circumference and capacity as they pack a box to send to Clifford.

Size Limit: Maximum 20 students

GLEs: Math K: Measurement 1A, 2A
CCSS: Counting and Cardinality K.CC.4, K.CC.5; Measurement and Data K.MD.1, K.MD.2

Money with Clifford
Money With Clifford Grade 1

Students learn about needs, wants and fair share as they identify and count money. Shopping in a pretend pet store completes this canine currency experience.

Size Limit: Maximum 30 students

GLEs: Math 1: Measurement 1D
CCSS: Operations and Algebraic Thinking 1.OA.3, 1.OA.5, 1.OA.6; Number and Operations in Base Ten 1.NBT.1, 1.NBT.2, 1NBT.3; Measurement and Data 1.MD.4


Thanks to a generous grant from Citi, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.


Thanks to generous grants from Ameren, Eaton's Bussmann Business, Energizer, The Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation, and The Graybar Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in STEM-related programs free of charge.