School Programs for High School Students

Showing Gallery Activities, School Workshop, and Scavenger Hunts for the selected grade.

Gallery Activities

School Workshops

Rock Clocks

This workshop provides an introduction to geological time with activities that investigate relative and absolute dating.

Grade Levels 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, D, G
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

Cartoon Guide to Energy

What can falling anvils and exploding TNT tell us about how energy works in the cartoon and real worlds?  Using classic cartoon scenarios, students explore how fundamental forces and properties of matter build a framework for thinking about energy across its different contexts.

Grade Levels 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards B, G
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

DNA Discovery

This workshop introduces DNA — what it is and how it works. Hands-on activities include DNA extraction and making DNA jewelry.

Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, C, G
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

Quarks: Ups, Downs and the Universe

Discover what the world is made of. Investigate atoms, states of matter and electrical charge. Be atoms, build atoms and find out what they are made of.

Grade Levels 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School
Number of Participants 15 minimum; 30 Maximum (students)
National Science Standards A, B, D, E, G
Math Link Curriculum Standard 1 to 8
Duration 45 Minutes
Fee $4.50 per person (one adult chaperone free for every 5 students; additional adults $4.50 each; maximum of 8 adults)

Scavenger Hunts

Museum Challenge

In this challenging scavenger hunt, closely examine exhibits to answer questions about endangered animals, flying vertebrates, and venomous snakes. Guide available at Visitor Services, 4th floor, or download and print your own.

Grade Levels High School, University Students, Adults
Duration Varies; 15 to 45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)

Cabinets of Curiosity

The odd, the strange and the unusual were prized objects for many early collectors. Use this guide to explore some of the “oddities” on display at the museum. Guide available at Visitor Services, 4th floor, or download and print your own.

Grade Levels 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, High School, University Students, Adults
Duration Varies; 15 to 45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)

Your Natural History

The natural history of the human body reflects billions of years of evolutionary history. Come explore some of the characteristics that we share with other organisms as a result of our common ancestry. Download and print your own.

Grade Levels High School, University Students, Adults
Duration Varies; 15 to 45 minutes
Fee $3 per child, $5 per adult (recommended contribution; same as museum admission)