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Resource: California Academy of Sciences

Californa Academy of Sciences logoThe California Academy of Sciences offers teacher workshops and class materials on different science subjects; hosts field trips and tours; and provides daily programs, lectures, special events, internships, and contests. The 155-year old museum in San Francisco has a living green roof, an aquarium, a planetarium, and an indoor rainforest.

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Museum: Center of Science and Industry

COSI logoThe Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio offers summer camps, grade-specific theme days, live science shows, demonstrations, 300 interactive exhibits, and more. For teachers, COSI offers professional development workshops, an annual Teacher Resource Fair, class materials, and discounts on admission and membership.

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Museum: Louisville Science Center

Louisville-Science-CenterCheck out the Louisville Science Center, an impressive collection of 150 interactive exhibits and activities and a 4-story IMAX theater, which started back to 1871 as a “cabinet of curiosities.”

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Museum: MIT Museum, Boston

MIT MuseumThe MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts offers exhibits, guided tours, workshops, special events, and contests, as well as opportunities to team up with scientists and MIT grads. Through the various programs, students can explore robotics, programming, structural engineering, geometry, DNA, video conferencing technology, and Rube Goldberg Machines.

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Museum: Science and Industry, Chicago

Science and Industry Chicago DemonstrationChicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world, housing more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits. the Museum’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education offers student learning labs, after-school science clubs, teen volunteer programs, teacher development classes, and community outreach. Teachers may be particularly interested in the museum’s online activities.

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Museum: The Mütter, Philadelphia,

Mutter Museum posterThe Mütter Museum, maintained by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, was founded to educate future doctors about anatomy and human medical anomalies. The museum is devoted to improving the health of the public through its education programs, services, and resources. Mütter provides in-house lessons, download-able workbooks, tours with special group rates, fun videos for students, a junior fellowship program, and a virtual tour.

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Feature: Journey Into Science

COSI Dry Ice DemonstrationWant to offer your students a hands-on science experience, but lack access to a well-equipped lab? Try a field trip to a science center. Across the country, science centers and museums are working to provide the kind of interactive experiences that enliven classroom learning.

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Resource: Science Museum of Virginia

ManscienceAt the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, visitors will find interactive learning and activities at the exhibits: Science Unplugged, Bioscape, Electriworks, Newton in SpacE: bodies in motion, Space Gallery, Virginia Tech Solar House, and the Virginia Tech Solar House. Visitors also will soon be able to visit the green roof project atop the IMAX theater. Museum programs include visiting exhibitions, educational programming, overnight adventures, lectures, demonstrations, live theater and summer camps. Teacher should check the Website for the labs and demonstrations, outreach, and other school program offerings.

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Event: Nanodays at Asland’s Scienceworks

nanodays_exAshland, Oregon’s Scienceworks joins NanoDays, the nationwide celebration of nanoscale science, March 27 – April 3. Visitors will enjoy a number of nano-related activities at the museum.

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