Our philosophy starts with the simple belief that kids are capable of incredible things. Our job is to nurture that ability; our goal is to support kids' healthy development. Play is how kids learn--here, it is in both a STEM-rich environment and inviting outdoor experience.
New! Virtual Traveling Science Workshops
Teachers and students are thrilled with our Virtual Traveling Science Workshops! 95% of teachers say they would recommend the workshops to a colleague.
“It was a bright light to our week and especially during this challenging time…We are excited for students to continue at home and in the classroom.”
- Grade 1 teacher, Eliot Elementary School, Needham, MA | Bubbles
“This workshop was highly interactive, and the students were so excited about what they were doing!”
- Grade 2 teacher, Museum School, Decatur, GA | Force & Motion
“Liquid nitrogen and dry ice demos--we can't do anything like that at school! The kids (and I) were very engaged.”
- Grade 5 teacher, Sprague Elementary School, Wellesley, MA | Physical Changes of Matter
Hands-on STEM learning is what we do best—in person or virtually
Virtual Traveling Science Workshops preserve the greatest strengths of our in-class offerings: interactive workshops with talented STEM instructors, offering engaging, hands-on experiences. Workshops are streamed live to encourage interaction and as always, students in our workshops are enjoying all the fun as active participants! In these challenging times for schools, families, and students, we are thrilled to continue to offer unique Discovery Museum experiences that:
- Provide fun, hands-on, material-rich learning with knowledgeable instructors you know and love
- Reach all students—those in the classroom and those tuning in from home
- Support grade-specific STEM curriculum needs and MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards, grades K to 8
- Offer low cost, high-value enrichment
Classes, Materials, Technology, and Fees
Class size: Workshops are designed for up to 25 students in the classroom, remoting in from home, or a combination of the two.
Materials: Individual sets of student materials are safely packaged and delivered to the school well in advance of the workshop to allow for timely distribution to students. If distributing material to students is a challenge, let us know. We can adapt many of our virtual workshop topics to use materials students can gather from around their own homes.
Classroom Technology Requirements:
- internet connection
- computer with camera and microphone
- a projector or smart board
- Zoom or Google Classroom Platform (alternative platforms considered)
Remote Student Technology Requirements: An internet connection and a computer or phone with camera and audio.
Virtual Workshop Fee: $250/workshop for up to 25 students
Fee includes live instruction, student and teacher guides, and delivered materials. There is an additional Materials Fee for the Physical Changes of Matter workshop only. Discounts may be available for schools in need.
You can also review our full set of in-classroom Traveling Science Workshops—let us know if there is a topic you would like us to adapt for virtual delivery.
Looking for additional resources?
Modeled after favorite Discovery Museum exhibit interactions, our Field Trip on Tour laboratory toolkit provides all the materials and written guidance students need to spend hours discovering the everyday science, math, and engineering that surrounds them.
And, be sure to check out our FREE Teacher Resources for Distance Learning for even more ways to spark STEAM learning! We offer state curriculum-aligned "Make Your Own Exhibit" and "TSW at Home" explorations that can be done at home or in the classroom with common materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
The Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework promotes students’ active engagement with the practices of science and engineering. Students are asked to observe, raise questions, investigate, problem solve, give evidence, and discuss—and have been doing just that in our Traveling Science Workshops with great success and much enjoyment since 1992. Standards alignment is indicated in each workshop description, but if you have any questions or suggestions please email Jill Foster, or call her at 978-264-4200 ext. 118. Discovery Museum is committed to helping educators provide fun, hands-on science and engineering programs for all of their students.