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Museum Express

Museum Express is a series of outreach programs for grades K–8. In each program, a Texas Memorial Museum scientist visits a class and offers students the chance to see and touch scientific specimens. Discover mammals and fossils, hear the tales fish tell, consider the effects of wildfire on animals, or visit with a snake in your classroom! Each program is correlated with the Science TEKS.

Scheduling

Spring 2014 programs are available from January 13 through May 16 to any school or youth groups within a 35 mile radius of the Museum. Choose from six available programs. Please note the days and times each is offered. Programs last 30 to 60 minutes, depending upon grade level and topic.  Request a date and time online to schedule a program.

Expectations

To ensure an educational and fun Museum Express experience, we ask that teachers and students follow these guidelines during each presentation.

Teacher Responsibilities

  • Let the presenter know the location of the presentation.
  • Stay with your class.
  • Be actively engaged in the presentation.
  • Monitor student behavior.
  • Integrate the presentation with your curriculum.
  • If receiving a scholarship for the program, complete a teacher evaluation of the program and ensure students complete their evaluations. Return completed forms to TMM within 1 week of having the presentation.

Student Responsibilities

  • Follow classroom rules.
  • Show respect to the specimens.
  • Show respect to the presenter.
  • Ask questions.

Bones, Teeth, Horns, and Antlers

Grades K–8

Spring schedule is full.

Science learning objectives and STAAR / TEKS correlations (PDF)

 

Mammals come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Why is the skull so important? What are the differences between horns and antlers? Meet a museum scientist and explore the answers to these questions, and more. Compare the shapes, sizes, and functions of teeth in carnivores and herbivores, and learn about several native Texas mammals. Students will see and handle real mammal skulls and their parts.

Central Texas Snakes

Grades 3–8
Inquire about availability.

 

Bring live snakes to your classroom, and learn about snakes that you could find in your backyard! Meet a museum scientist and some Austin area snakes. Learn how to identify some of the common snakes of the area. Find out what these snakes eat, where they live, and what you should do when you find them. Students can touch a live non-venomous snake and see snake skeletons and shed skins from different snake species.

Fabulous Fossils

Grades 3–8

Spring schedule is full.

Science learning objectives and STAAR / TEKS correlations (PDF)

 

What can fossils teach us about life on Earth in the past? In this program meet a museum scientist and some fabulous fossils. Students will be introduced to the major types of fossils, processes of fossilization, and geological time. Discover fossil finds from across Texas and from different time periods and environments. Students will see and handle real fossils, including bones, teeth, and shells.

Fish Tales

Grades K–4, 30 student maximum

Inquire about availability.

STAAR / TEKS correlations (PDF)

 

How do fish breathe and swim? What do fish eat? In this program let a museum scientist share some fishy tales with your class. Students will be introduced to different types of Texas fishes and learn about their adaptations. Discover how gills work, and the functions of different fins. Students will see and touch preserved fish specimens.

 

Learn more about Fishes of Texas.

What's in My Backpack?

Grades K–4
Inquire about availability.


We’re going on a scientific expedition!  Imagine you have the chance to spend the day exploring a wild place never before seen by humans. What sorts of items would you take with you to record what you find? Trade ideas with a museum scientist about what are important items to take and what are things you could live without. Students take a peek inside a scientist’s backpack to discover what a museum scientist might take on an expedition.

Wildlife & Wildfire

Grades 5–8

Spring schedule is full.

Science learning objectives and STAAR / TEKS correlations (PDF)


An animal's home environment, or habitat, provides food, water, shelter and space. What happens when a wildfire strikes? Meet a museum scientist and explore both positive and negative effects of fires on animals and habitats within Texas' pine forest and oak woodland ecosystems. Students will be introduced to a diversity of native Texas animals and will learn about their adaptations to survive a fire. Students will see photographs of animals and habitats and handle several animal skulls (bone and cast replicas).