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Museum on the Road brings Port Discovery right to your classroom!

Museum on the Road brings Port Discovery educators and programs right to your classroom! 

We bring unique, hands-on art, music, STEM, and early literacy programs for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students right to your classroom! Programs can be booked individually or as a series, and we offer interactive assembly programs, too!  All programs support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. 

Schedule a program today! Contact Barb Henschel at 410.864.2683 or bhenschel@portdiscovery.org

Assembly Programs

Circus Science

Grades: PreK-5th

Port Discovery’s professional knucklehead and silly scientist, Gregory May, will take your students on a tour of the scientific principles that make the circus work. As a former Ringling Brothers Circus performer, Gregory will use juggling, rolling globe walking, lasso spinning, and other feats of amazing silliness to explore Newton’s Laws, gyroscopic motion, center of gravity, and even sonic booms!

Program Length: 45 minutes | Group Size: 300 Students maximum

*This Program requires a space large enough for all students and staff attending as well as a min of 20x20 foot performance space*

Classroom Programs: Visual Arts

Finland: All About the Print

Grades: PreK-5th

Students discover a Finnish method of textile creation with block printing. They play a game that introduces Marimekko prints and learn a fantastical Finnish fairytale. Each student learns firsthand how to make a block print and ink it onto their own fabric as well as the class tapestry.

Art Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Stained Glass Stories

Grades: PreK-5th

Go back to a time when stories were written in glass! Students explore how stained glass was used to tell stories to a largely illiterate population through a storytelling and a colorful game. Each student tells his or her own story by creating a stained glass inspired piece of art to take home.

Art Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Colonial Candle Making

Grades: PreK-3rd

Take a trip back to Colonial North America and discover what games and chores children had. Students play a colonial game and share a story that illustrates the daily life of children in colonial America. Students then create their own unique beeswax candle and learn about fire safety for home.

Art Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Rainforest Walk

Grades: PreK-4th

Why are we cutting down our forests when we need them for the very oxygen we breathe? This session focuses on learning the importance of plants in the environment and the role the Amazon Forest plays in our world. Students play a plant based matching game and create a rainforest inspired multimedia collage to take home.

Art Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Our Beautiful Bay

Grades: 1st-5th

Meet Mr. Trash Wheel and crew, our local garbage skiffs who help clean the Chesapeake Bay. In this session students learn about the creatures of the ecologically diverse Chesapeake Bay, as well as how to reduce and reuse frequently discarded items by turning them into beautiful kinetic creations

Art Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Classroom Programs: STEM

Baggie Science

Grades: 2nd-5th

In this session, students will first be amazed by the erupting explosion of elephant toothpaste! Then though a series of experiments students determine which two ingredients combine and cause the different products of chemical reactions- heat, color, and gas.

STEM Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Owl Pellet Dissection

Grades: PreK-5th

In this EcoKids session, children learn about food chains and the importance of predators and prey in an ecosystem through an interactive story and games. Then, students will discover the diet of a barn owl by dissecting an owl pellet, studying and identifying animal bones.

STEM Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

The Perfect Slime 2.0

Grades: PreK-5th

Budding young engineers can don their lab coats and goggles while creating the perfect slime. Everyday, engineers experiment with different chemicals to design new products, or make existing ones better. In this session students work to perfect Port Discovery’s slime formula through creative experimentation.

STEM Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Electrical Circuits

Grades: 2nd-5th

This electrifying program introduces young scientists to the power of electricity. Students learn about how electricity is generated, how it travels, and how it is used. Then, students use teamwork to create electrical circuits that turn on light bulbs, fan motors, play music, and more!

STEM Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

States of Matter

Grades: PreK-5th

Students will discuss the three states of matter, solids, liquids, and gasses and use their whole bodies to demonstrate how molecules behave in these three states. Through a variety of hands-on experiments, students will be wowed as a solid and a liquid create a gas, as bar of soap “explodes” by heating gas molecules, and as they create solid “worms” by mixing two liquids together.
 

STEM Program Session Length: 60 minutes | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Series Programs for Classrooms

Series programs expand upon student learning by bringing five classroom programs to your students. Each session builds on the last, giving students an in-depth experience!

Series Programs: Visual Arts

Textiles Around the World - 4 Sessions

Grades: 1st-5th

Textiles Around the World introduces students to the unique art and culture from four countries around the world: Japan, Indonesia, Finland, and Nigeria. Each session focuses on one country at a time teaching the students about different cultural aspects of each country. Students play games, listen to stories and create experimental art pieces to take home as they learn about the traditions of textiles throughout the world.

Program Session Length : 60 minute sessions | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Art of the Write Type Series - 4 Sessions

Grades: 1st-5th

Take a trip around the world as we discover different ways writing has developed through time. From making Chinese Scrolls to learning how the ancient Mesopotamians signed contracts, from soaring cathedrals and the stained glass stories they told, to learning about typesetting, students explore and experience unique cultures as well as hone their fine motor skills as they artistically travel through time.

Program Session Length : 60 minute sessions | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Art of the Americas - 4 Sessions

Grades: 1st-5th

This series offers students the opportunity to travel in time to discover the visual arts and cultural traditions of Pan America. This program is filled with games, stories and art making, including Incan companion dolls, colonial candle making, quilt square design, as well as Guatemalan mirrors.

Program Session Length : 60 minute sessions | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Series Programs: STEM

EcoKids! Series - 5 Sessions

Grades: K-4th

During Ecokids, students are given the opportunity to explore the world of ecology around them, how it works, and how it relates to them through hand-on projects, games, and books. Students discover animal adaptions, create their or mini terrarium, dissect an owl pellet and more!

Program Session Length: 60 minute Sessions | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Everyday Engineers Series - 5 Sessions

Grades: 1st-5th

Budding engineers explore the fields of civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical, and aerospace engineering through various engineering challenges. Students create gum drop structures, design electrical circuits, build catapults, and experiment with slime all while studying a variety of scientific topics.

Program Session Length: 60 minute Sessions | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Nanoscience Exposed Series - 5 Sessions

Grades: 2nd -5th

Explore the world of Nanoscience with Port Discovery! Each day students discover a new rule of Nano. Through class discussion, demonstrations, and exciting small group and partner activities students discover what Nano is all about. Students test surface tension, craft their own bubble solutions while exploring iridescence, create their own version of stained glass, and even extract the strawberry DNA.

Program Session Length: 60 minute Sessions | Group Size: 30 student maximum

CheMysteries Series - 4 Sessions

Grades: 2nd -5th

TThis series provides students with the opportunity to gear up with lab coats, googles and gloves, and pick up the magnifying glass to examine chemistry’s most fascinating mysteries. Through hands on problem solving and experimentation, young chemists are wowed through the states of matter, mixtures, chemical reactions and all the discoveries that await.

Program Session Length: 60 minute Sessions | Group Size: 30 student maximum

Early Literacy & Social Emotional Programs

Mother Goose on the Loose

This interactive educational program is designed to foster early literacy skills in young children. Children participate in a variety of nursery rhyme activities using songs, puppets, books and musical instruments to foster speech and language development, motor coordination, self-confidence, and sensitivity to others. To learn more about this award winning program, visit www.mgol.net.

Mother Goose on the Loose Series - 5 Sessions

Grades: PreK and Kindergarten

This interactive educational series program is designed to foster early literacy skills in young children. Sessions are led by a trained Early Childhood educator. Children will participate in a variety of nursery rhyme activities using songs, puppets, books, and musical instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence, and sensitivity to others. In the Mother Goose on the Loose series, sessions build upon the last and include repetition to enhance learning. To learn more about this award-winning program, visit www.mgol.net.

Program Length: 45 minute each | Group Size: 30 students maximum

More Programs Recommended for Early Learners

Owl Pellet Dissection - STEM Session

States of Matter – STEM Session

All About the Print – Art Session

Stained Glass Stories - Art Session

Program Length: 45 minutes each | Group Size: 30 students maximum

Book a Program for Your Classroom! 

Contact us for more information about the experiences Port Discovery educators can bring right to your classroom! Contact Barb Henschel at 410.864.2683 or bhenschel@portdiscovery.org.  Discounts are available when booking multiple programs and series. 

Scheduling Programs for Your Classroom

Hours

Programs delivered to your classroom are offered Monday through Friday from 10am  to 3pm . For availability on weekends, after school, or other hours, please contact us! 

Costs

Fees vary by program. Individual classroom sessions start at just $200. Series programs (including 4+ sessions for your classroom) start at $800. Discounts are available when booking multiple programs and sessions. 

Please note: Pricing is based on programs booked as individual sessions. Additional fees may be charged for programs scheduled on
weekends, outside of regular operating hours, and/or located more than 30 miles from museum. Pricing may vary when more than 20 individual sessions and/or 4 series are booked by one organization/group. Discounts may also apply.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum student visits and programs are supported in part by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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