Friday, January 31, 2020
Come enjoy an educational and immersive day at the Witte Museum for an experience dedicated to homeschooled students. Explore the Museum and choose from a variety of interactive programs selected with your students in mind. Tour our offerings below and direct any questions to Reservations@WitteMuseum.org.
$5 General Admission includes all galleries and exhibits
$3 per program for each participant
Review the program offerings below and make your selections before beginning the registration process. Please be advised that children under the age of 13 must have adult supervision during their programs. The program participation fee will be waived for one adult per program registration.
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|Homeschool Day Schedule|
|9:00 a.m.||Museum Opens for Homeschool Day Participants|
|9:30 a.m.||Finding Fossils
Dig into the fossil record. Learn about paleontology and how paleontologists reconstruct the lives of dinosaurs. Students will explore different prehistoric animals over time and use the tools of paleontology to work in a fossil dig.
|Solids, Liquids and Gases
Activate the Molecule Mambo and get moving with the states of matter! Students will predict outcomes of demonstrations that explore the building blocks of matter and the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
Explore the distinct ecological regions of Texas and investigate how animals survive and thrive in their unique habitats. Students will examine the food web and determine how living and non-living elements of habitat are interrelated.
|South Texans at Work
Examine historic photographs and artifacts to identify the different types of work and skills needed by men, women and children in 19th century Texas. Students also explore the value of work and how it contributed to the settlement of South Texas.
|10:30 a.m.||Fantastic Forces
Explore how things move! Follow in Newton’s footsteps and observe the pull/push of gravity and the Three Laws of Motion. Students will predict and explain natural forces, pressure, and objects in motion.
Delve into environmental ethics and land stewardship. What role do environmental ethics play in a building project? Be prepared to debate with your classmates over a complex issue during a “town hall” meeting to determine if a new construction project is right for the different interest groups in your simulated community.
Suggested Grade Levels: 9-12
|12:30 p.m.||Creature Features
Cultivate critical thinking through an investigation of adaptation. Students will explore Texas ecosystems and make observations and hypotheses about animal features. Creature Features is sure to enhance your students’ interest and knowledge of the ecologically diverse state of Texas.
|Food is Fuel
Discover the ways different foods fuel our bodies and give us energy. Students will learn how to make healthy food choices, explore the MyPlate food groups and learn how easy it is to make healthy food and snack choices.
|What’s Hot, What’s Not
Heat things up! Students will observe demonstrations that explore how the addition and removal of heat energy changes the world around us. As a group, students will identify and explain expansion, contraction, conduction, convection and radiation.
|Living off the Land
What’s the difference between gathering and foraging? How does an atlatl make hunting more efficient? Hunt and Gather like the people of the Pecos did 4,000 years ago. Students will use spears, atlatls, tumplines and baskets to experience what it’s like to live off the land.
|1:30 p.m.||Parabolic Projectiles
How fast? How high? From spears to rockets, mathematical formulas describe and predict the motion of moving objects. Students will get hands-on with math, separating the horizontal and vertical motion of projectiles as they apply algebra formulas to real-world physics.
Uncover the muscles that keep your body moving. Explore the force, motion and energy of the simple and complex machines inside your body. Students will examine the musculoskeletal system using the life-size, virtual anatomy table.
Each program is TEKS-aligned. Please check out witteconnections.org for more information.
Questions about your Homeschool Day adventure? Please contact our Reservations Team at Reservations@WitteMuseum.org or by calling 210.357.1910.