Outreach - Montshire Museum of Science at Your School

Bring the Montshire Museum to your school. The Montshire is nationally known for its innovative outreach programs. Choose one or more of the following high-quality, hands-on science programs to bring to your school.

StarLab

The StarLab portable planetarium program brings the night sky to life using a carefully designed program for elementary and middle school students. For younger elementary students, special focus is made on understanding how the Earth’s movement affects day and night. Middle elementary students begin to explore how the Earth’s orbit affects seasonal variations in visible constellations. For upper elementary and middle school students we might explore more advanced topics such as moon phases or the location of planets, depending on teacher expectations. Inside the dome, the program focuses on the current night sky with emphasis on learning how to locate key stars, constellations, visible planets and the moon. With only one class under the dome at a time, students become engaged in learning about the night sky. Your astronomer-in-residence will spend one hour with each class (up to five classes per day). StarLab fits in gyms, cafeterias, or any other large room with an 11-foot ceiling. StarLab is sponsored this year by the Roesch Family.

Workshops on Wheels

Bring a Montshire workshop to your classroom. We arrive complete with an unusual conglomeration of materials to transform your classroom into a bustling learning lab. The 50- to 60-minute programs can be tailored for non-school groups as well. Choose from the VisitPlus workshops.

  • Grades: K-6
  • Fee: $350/workshop plus travel and materials. Price reductions are offered for groups that schedule multiple workshops on the same day: two workshops for $500; three workshops for $600; four workshops for $700.

For more information please call 802-649-2200 (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.) or email montshire@montshire.org

Science Residency

Bring a Montshire science specialist to your school for an entire school week. This program begins with a workshop for the faculty, followed by five days of hands-on science lessons in your classrooms (up to four lessons each day). Participating teachers will select one topic area that our science education experts will concentrate on with students in their classroom. Topics will be chosen in consultation with Montshire education staff to ensure appropriate integration into the school’s science curriculum.

  • Grades: 1-6
  • Fee: $3050 plus travel for 5-day residency. Other options and fees are available based on length of residency and needs of the school. Please call the school group registrar at the Museum for more details at 802-649-2200.