School’s In Session & Discovery Center is Ready for Students

With teachers already back in session for in-services and students completing the last of their summer plans, we’re looking forward to a great school year. Many times, people ask about a busy season at the Discovery Center. Truth is, we’re busy all year (and we like it that way!). So, with the school year quickly approaching, we thought it was time to review some of our educational opportunities available to students.

Field Studies are split into two general categories: guided and self-guided. The self-guided opportunity allows groups to explore the museum for two hours at their own pace focusing on all of our exhibit areas. Guided options include a 90-minute staff-led program in addition to self-guided exploration. We will offer 10 guided programs this year.

  1. Animals All Around: meet and learn about the reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and birds that call Discovery Center home.
  2. Amazing Anatomy: this new lab allows students to get hands-on with organ systems and anatomy through the dissection of frogs, squid, or owl pellets.
  3. Discovery Detectives: harness the power of forensic science to analyze a scene, process evidence, and solve a mystery.
  4. Pumpkin Power: use pumpkins as a vehicle to discover Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math and the way we use each topic daily. Available October – November.
  5. Splash & Flash: this our most popular field study and includes lessons on light, magnets, animals, and more!
  6. S.T.A.R. Lab: did you know that Discovery Center has a planetarium? With this program, you’ll check it out while learning about bird migrations, weather, constellations, star fields, and Native American legends.
  7. Tennessee Ties: explore the history of Tennesseans (prehistoric to present) as you examine stone tools, Native American place names, geography, and a simulated archaeological dig.
  8. Weather Whizzes: with the constantly changing weather in Tennessee, it’s good to have a foundational understanding of wind, temperature, pressure, and their effect on us and the environment.
  9. Wetland Wonders: explore Murfree Spring through a catch and release, stroll around the boardwalk, and animal encounters. Available August – October, April – May.
  10. Winter WonderLab: explore STEAM topics in this winter-themed program like snowflake symmetry, animal adaptations, and hot/cold reactions. Available December – February.

Mobile Programs bring Discovery Center to you and can be accompanied by the STEAM Bus or take place in the classroom. Both options feature one-hour guided programs with plenty of hands-on components.

  1. Animals All Around: meet and learn about the reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and birds that call Discovery Center home.
  2. Kids Build KEVA: use math and engineering concepts to construct simple and complex designs.
  3. S.T.A.R. Tour: With this program, you’ll check it out while learning about bird migrations, weather, constellations, star fields, and Native American legends.
  4. STEAM Bus, Amazing Animals: learn about animal cells and adaptations as you use the microscope to take a closer look at scales, fur, feathers and more.
  5. STEAM Bus, Electricity and Magnetism: learn to harness magnetic forces, build circuits, and study electromagnets as you explore these two phenomena.
  6. STEAM Bus, Micro to Macro: using the components of a Wetland Wonders field study, students will use microscopes to zoom into an ecological habitat and talk about plants, animals, and basic necessities.
  7. STEAM Bus, Weather Whizzes: discover how wind, water, temperature, and pressure relate to our environment through the exploration of meteorological tools.

The best place for up-to-date information about these programs, pricing structure, and facility requirements is our website, https://explorethedc.org/educators/. You can complete a field study inquiry form online to begin the process of booking your program, or you can give our Scheduling Coordinator, Hayley, a call at 615-890-2300 ext. 246.