School Programs: In-museum and Outreach

Join us for themed school programs tailored to your group's ages. Scroll below to find the program offerings for your grade category, or download this information in our PreK-12 Education Program Guide. Programs are offered both in the museum as an add-on to your field trip, or brought to you. 

Get Started
To add a school workshop to your field trip or to bring it to your school organization, contact Krystle Mangan, gallery programming manager, at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

In-museum Details*

  • Dates: Offered Tuesday through Friday from September 2018 through June 2019
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Minimum/maximum number of students: 15/25
  • Cost: $4 per student ($60 fee for less than 15 students)
  • *See below for differing Preschool Journeys costs
     

Outreach (brought to you) Details*

  • Dates: Offered Monday through Friday from September 2018 through June 2019
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Minimum/maximum number of students: 15/25
  • Cost: $150/class; additional classes are $100 for the same program
  • Travel fees: 30-60 miles $20; 60-90 miles $40; 90+ miles $60
  • *See below for differing Preschool Journeys costs

 

Early Childhood Programs (ages 3-6)

Preschool Journeys
1 hour 15 minutes
This program combines exhibit exploration time with a STEAM-based workshop. Your students will take a journey through an exhibit and experience fun along the way! Young ones will be inspired by an interactive story time and engage in hands-on STEAM exploration and creation. A 1:5 chaperone-child ratio is required.

Preschool Journeys Cost: $6 per student/$6 per chaperone, free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program only and does not include admission to the entire museum.

Playing with Patterns (Oct. 1 – Dec. 21, 2018)
After exploring The Art of the Brick, the world’s largest exhibition of LEGO® art, students will be inspired to take part in hands-on projects. They will not only become engineers with blocks, but also artists and scientists as they create their own STEAM-based project.

More than a Box (Oct. 1, 2018May 24, 2019)
Imaginations will run wild in Cardboard Engineering—an experience dedicated to hands-on exploration and creation. Students will be inspired by engineering, art and objects throughout the experience as well as a story time. In addition to exhibit exploration, students will participate in hands-on experiments and collaborate on STEAM-based projects.  

Colors and Textures (Feb. 18June 21, 2019)
Inspired by The Color of Style experience, students will observe colors and textures, and will be introduced to new artists and designers. Following the exhibit exploration, students will collaborate on a hands-on creation and experience various sensory explorations such as color mixing and textile engineering.   

Ice Age Animals
Step back in time with the help of Frozen Reign to see what life was like in the Ice Age in Indiana. Students will be introduced to many Ice Age animals and explore this interactive space. Students also will participate in hands-on experiments and STEAM-based projects. 

Nature Explorers
Explore the basics of paleontology, archeology and biology with a visit to the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab. In this space, students will observe real artifacts and objects and work with a digital microscope called the Micro Eye. Students will have the chance to become the expert and participate in hands-on activities inspired by nature.  

Artful Play (outreach program only)
Inspired by Hoosier artist Lois Main Templeton, students will explore the world of abstract art and become an artist for the day. First, they’ll examine an artwork by Templeton and with the help of her book, "Who Makes the Sunrise?" they’ll take part in interactive storytelling. Also, students will participate in several STEAM-based activities and collaborate on a large art project.    

Grades K-2 Programs

Ice Age Survival 
What adaptations helped animals survive during the Ice Age? Do we see these adaptations in present day animals? Students will investigate and discuss what adaptations future animals will have based on our changing environment. 

Indiana Innovators
Students will explore how creations from Indiana innovators sparked inventions and even improvements of their inventions. They will challenge themselves and see if they can improve an object they use every week. 
 
Engineering Explorations
Explore how objects move as students engineer a cardboard creation to solve a challenge. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creation just like real Indiana engineers. 

Grades 3-5 Programs

Pioneering Innovations 
Pioneers used simple machines and engineering to create a new life in Indiana. Students will learn how simple machines and innovations made their lives easier then and how Indiana is pioneering the way of the future now.  
 
Rocks and Minerals 
Indiana is home to a wide variety of rocks and minerals. How did they end up here? How do we use rocks and minerals every day in small and big ways? Students will explore the rock cycle and investigate rocks and minerals through hands-on activities.  
 
Fossils 
How does a living creature become a fossil? Why doesn’t everything become a fossil? What clues do they leave behind? Students will investigate these questions as they explore the process from living creature to its discovery as a fossil.
 
Engineering Design
Explore how objects are affected by forces and energy as students engineer a cardboard creation to solve a challenge. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creation just like real Indiana engineers. 

Grades 6-8 Programs

Voices from the Past
How can we learn from past civilizations? What can we do with this information? How can the past shape our future? Students will explore stories uncovered through the archaeological process and see how Indiana’s past impacts us today.
 
Energy Conservation
What energy is needed at school and home? Students will explore how we use the Earth’s resources, both renewable and non-renewable, to provide the energy we need to learn, explore and live. 
 
Engineering Solutions
Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion as students engineer a cardboard creation to solve a challenge. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creations, and reflect on the process just like real Indiana engineers.