Outreach

Outreach

Program Overview

Let us bring the Museum to you! Outreach programs are designed to complement and support Colorado P-12 Academic Standards. Students explore grade-appropriate concepts in an inquiry-based environment which provides opportunities to practice science and engineering practices from the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Outreach

Let us bring the museum to you! Outreach programs are generally longer and more in-depth than our science field trip classes. Our programs are designed to complement and support Colorado P-12 Academic Standards. Activities support auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. Additionally, all classes include a “make and take” craft that extends the learning experience. Savvy teachers use our programs to introduce a new topic rather than as a culminating event after studying that unit. Our costs, terms, and most popular topics are described below; other options are available to suit your needs, including family drop-in programs.

Please contact Renee Guerrero, Education Director, for more information or to schedule an outreach program at your location.

Outreach Program Costs

  • 45-minute programs for up to 16 children ages 3-5 years old (PreK): $75
  • 60-minute programs for up to 25 children in grades K-3: $120

Outreach Program Terms

  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks before the program.
  • At least one adult from your organization must be present at all times.
  • Outreach programs are designed to be held indoors.
  • Scholarships may be available depending on your group’s needs.
  • Discounts may apply for two or more programs on the same day.
  • Travel fees apply outside the city of Lafayette.
  • Payment is due on the day of the program.
  • WOW! Children’s Museum accepts cash, check, VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

What you’ll learn:

Children will have the opportunity to learn a variety of science and math concepts in an approachable and fun way! Collaborative work and peer-to-peer learning are encouraged.

  • Counting, comparison and measurement
  • Life science concepts
  • Physical science concepts
  • Engineering concepts

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Program Topics

One Inch at a Time – NEW!

Mathematics, age 3-5 years old

This program starts with story time to introduce vocabulary, then children explore centers in small groups. Practice measurement using “inchworms” as well as standardized tools like rulers and measuring tape. Explore relationships and comparisons between objects of different sizes. WOW! is grateful for support from LEAP into Science, a science and literacy program developed by The Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia with support from the National Science Foundation.

Students will:

  • Explore math concepts such as counting, comparison, and measurement with standard and non-standard units.
  • Manipulate objects to count, compare, and measure them.

Romping Stomping Dinosaurs

Life Science, Mathematics, age 3 years old to 1st Grade

Little learners practice counting and comparing. Hold a baby Stegosaurus. Compare your foot to big and small dinosaur tracks. Look inside a dinosaur’s lunchbox. Make a dinosaur fossil craft!

Students will:

  • Explore math concepts such as counting, comparison, and measurement with standard and non-standard units.
  • Explore life science concepts such as characteristics of herbivores and carnivores.
  • Manipulate objects to count, compare, and measure them.

Magical Magnets

Physical Science, age 3 years old to 3rd Grade

Investigate the magical push and pull of magnetism in this station-based class. Create a magnet craft to try out in class and take home. WOW! credits part of this class to NanoDays, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and technology organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Students will:

  • Explore the physical science concept of magnetism.
  • Manipulate magnets and use them to determine whether other items are, or are not, attracted to magnets.

Young Inventors

Physical Science, Engineering, Grades K-3

Calling all problem solvers! Be an inventor as you observe, research, design, build, and test your own creation to take home. WOW! is grateful for support from LEAP into Science, a science and literacy program developed by The Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia with support from the National Science Foundation.

Students will:

  • Explore the physical science and engineering concepts related to solving a problem.
  • Manipulate and attach assorted materials.
  • Create a device to reach an object that is above their reach.

Blowing in the Wind

Physical Science, Earth Systems Science, Grades K-3

Explore the properties of air flow and air pressure. Make art that catches air, test your creation, then take it home with you. WOW! is grateful for support from LEAP into Science, a science and literacy program developed by The Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia with support from the National Science Foundation.

Students will:

  • Explore the physical and Earth systems science concepts of air and wind.
  • Manipulate objects related to air and wind.
  • Create a windcatcher and observe its performance in wind.

Super Sounds

Physical Science, age 3 years old to 3rd Grade

Investigate sound science by hearing, feeling, and even seeing vibrations. Create and try out your own sound maker to keep. WOW! is grateful for support from LEAP into Science, a science and literacy program developed by The Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia with support from the National Science Foundation.
Students will:

  • Explore the physical science concept of sound.
  • Manipulate objects that make different sounds.
  • Create a sound maker and determine how it vibrates to make sound.