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Plan a trip for your class to the Museum

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History welcomes schools, scouts, and groups of all kinds. Our exciting programming ranges from biology to physics to 1,000 years of South Texas history. Schedule a group visit today.

These 2-hour educator-led programs focus on a specific area of science or history. All programs are TEKS aligned and can fit perfectly into your lesson plans

Cost: $12 per student (*$18 per student for Gross Anatomy)

To schedule a visit and focus program at the Museum call 361-826-4667 or email nicoler2@cctexas.com. All programs need to be scheduled at least 14 days prior to your visit.

Available Topics

CSI – Solve a crime at the museum. Forensics comes to life with DNA experiments, fingerprinting and more.
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Earthworks – Rock out to a program unearthing the geology of our area and how weather and people affect it.
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Gross Anatomy (this program costs $18 per student) – Every animal has a body that is perfect for their lifestyle.  Examine anatomy and the body systems of different animals by engaging in a real dissection.

Gross Anatomy program costs $18 per student since it includes an actual dissection.
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Jurassic Journey – Are dinosaurs really extinct?  Dig up an adventure as we look at the plants and animals of the past – even some dinosaurs!

Let’s Move! – Wiggle your way into different types of movement and build simple machines we use every day.
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Mix it Up! – Break out the goggles and dive in as we explore the bubbling, fizzing, smoking world of chemistry.
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Science Explorers –  Not all science geeks become –ologists.  Explore the many different possibilities.
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Shock Value – Sparks will fly as we see how to harness electricity and magnetic energy.
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Weather World! – It’s raining, it’s pouring . . . but how does weather work?  Search the atmosphere and explore the world’s weather systems.
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Web it Out! – Think you stand on top of the food chain?  Get gobbled up and take a look at where everything fits in these food webs.
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Space Exploration – Ever wonder what’s out there?! Discover the whole universe just outside our atmosphere and the principals that shape our galaxy and beyond.  The experience includes a program in our brand new planetarium.

Additional Notes:

  • For every 10 paid students, the group is entitled to one free chaperone. Each additional chaperone is $6.

Students can explore the Museum at their own pace while interacting with educators at stations of your choosing. Pick from up to five stations for your students to engage with.

Cost: $10 per student

To schedule a visit call (361) 826-4667. All programs need to be scheduled at least 14 days prior to your visit.

Available Stations

Science:

Adaptations – Animals adapt to the environment around them sometimes to hide, sometimes for the weather.  Come see some great examples of how Texas animals have adapted to make this their home.

Geology – Learn about the different types of rocks and the Moh’s scale.

Weather – Learn how clouds are formed and what they can tell us about the weather.

Anatomy – The human body has many systems.  Look at a human skeleton and explore other organs with our felt bodies.

Fossil Touch Table – We may never see a triceratops, but we can look at and touch its fossilized remains.  Learn all about prehistoric animals and get to see some cool fossils.

Science Show – Our front porch stage transforms into a mad scientist’s lab with this station!  We will demonstrate science that bubble, burst and blow your mind!

Planetarium – Experience a planetarium show in our HEB Science Center.  Learn all about the planets in our solar system and so much more!

History:

Shellcrete Kitchen – Meet a character from the late 19th century and learn how they ran their kitchen.

General Store – Discover how settlers purchased their goods when you travel back in time with our authentic General Store Proprietor.

School House – It’s 1892 in our one-room school house; recite the original ‘Pledge of Allegiance’, learn the lesson of the day and do your best to stay out of the dunce cap.

Ranching – Today’s culture in South Texas was shaped by the ranchers that settled our land in the late 1800s.  Learn about how famous ranch owners, like Richard King, created a new industry and create your own cattle brand.

Navigation– Learn how ancient sailors were able to find their way around the world without a GPS.

Morse Code – How we communicate has come a long way, from not having a written language to the cellphone.  Learn about how the telegraph worked and create your own Morse code message!

Explore the Museum with a Guided Tour. Your tour offers a unique and engaging experience that covers all of our galleries, individually crafted by our experienced tour guides. The tour provides a personal touch and enriched museum experience as you gain insight into the wonderful and rich collection of objects and artifacts at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.

Guided tours are about 30 minutes long and can be added on to any educational program or self-guided tour.

Cost: Additional $2 per student

Students can explore the Museum at their own pace.

Cost: $8 per student

Can’t make it to the museum? With our offsite programs, we can come to you!

Allow our educators to come into your classroom and lead the group in a 45-60 minute series of activities on a specific topic. These activities can be repeated for as many classes as you have.  For more information, contact nicoler2@ccmuseum.com or call 361-826-4667.

NEW

CCMSH has developed campus-based learning experiences to meet the needs of area schools impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions and social distancing requirements. The program consists of four learning experiences designed to supplement commonly used History and Social Studies scope and sequence planning documents throughout the state of Texas. Campuses are to choose the learning experience best suited to their needs. All learning experiences are grounded in Process Standards of grade four Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) and integrate various Readiness and Supporting standards based on learning experience themes and articulated student learning objectives.

The four learning experience sessions include:

1. Texas Before European Exploration and Cause and Effects of European Exploration – Process TEKS – 4.19, 4.21, 4.22; Readiness/Supporting TEKS – 4.1, 4.2.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Length of Time on Campus: 2 hours, may be scheduled between 9:00AM and 2:00PM on regular days of instruction as defined by school academic calendar.

Student Learning Objective: Students will be able to describe the causes and effects of conflict and social disruption in Texas following European Exploration.

Description: Museum Live actors and educators will visit the campus to interact with fourth grade students. Each actor will embody a historically accurate European Explorer. Students will collaborate to meet the needs and demands of the explorers.

Cost:  $12 per student

2. Forming a new Texas – Process TEKS – 4.19, 4.21, 4.22; Readiness/Supporting TEKS – 4.3, 4.13. 

Length of Time on Campus: 2 hours, may be scheduled between 9:00AM and 2:00PM on regular days of instruction as defined by school academic calendar.

Student Learning Objective: Students will be able to describe the purpose and function of government, explain the importance of governmental founding documents and understand the importance of active participation in the democratic process.

Description: Museum Live actors and educators will visit the campus to interact with fourth grade students. Each actor will embody a historically accurate Texas Citizen, Politician, or Military member from the period of Texas Independence – Annexation. Students will collaborate to decide on the best course of action for Texas in this period of unrest within the state.

Cost:  $12 per student

3. Texas Industry at the End of the 19th Century – Process TEKS – 4.19, 4.21, 4.22; Readiness/Supporting TEKS – 4.4, 4.7(B).

Length of Time on Campus: 2 hours, may be scheduled between 9:00AM and 2:00PM on regular days of instruction as defined by school academic calendar.

Student Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify and explain how Texans of the late 19th Century chose where to live and work based on environmental regions of Texas and the Cattle Industry of the state.

Description: Museum Live actors and educators will visit the campus to interact with fourth grade students. Each actor will embody a historically accurate version of major Texas figures such as Charles Goodnight, Richard King, and Lizzie Johnson. Students will work with the actors to understand the contributions made by the historical figure and plan for a conflict or cause that was solved or championed respectively by each historical figure.

Cost:  $12 per student

4. The Coastal Bend in the 20th Century – Process TEKS – 4.19, 4.21, 4.22; Readiness/Supporting TEKS – 4.5(A).

Length of Time on Campus: 2 hours, may be scheduled between 9:00AM and 2:00PM on regular days of instruction as defined by school academic calendar.

Student Learning Objectives:  Students will be able to identify significant historical figures and their contributions to the progress and development of the Corpus Christi and greater south Texas Region.  Students will be able to compare positive and negative consequences of human modification to the environment of Texas.

Description: Museum Live actors and educators will visit the campus to interact with fourth grade students. Each actor will embody a historically accurate figure of Corpus Christi or South Texas 20th century history. 1) Students will collaborate to understand a modern municipal or regional improvement need that is specific to Corpus Christi or South Texas. 2) Students will work together to use their collective knowledge of history to find solutions for the stated problem.

Cost:  $12 per student

NEW

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History has developed campus-based learning experiences to meet the needs of area schools impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions and social distancing requirements. The program consists of three learning experiences and a science show designed to supplement commonly used social studies and science scope and sequence planning documents throughout the state of Texas. Campuses are to choose the learning experience best suited to their needs. All learning experiences are grounded in Process Standards of grade five Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) and integrate various Readiness and Supporting standards based on learning experience themes and articulated student learning objectives.

Sessions:

1. History and Science of Light and Electricity in America – Process TEKS – Science – 5.1(A), 5.2(A)(B) | Social Studies – 5.23(D)(E); 5.24(B); Readiness/Supporting TEKS –Science: 5.5, 5.6 | Social Studies: 5.8(A), 5.22(A)

Length of Time on Campus: 2 hours, may be scheduled between 9:00AM and 2:00PM on regular days of instruction as defined by school academic Calendar.

Student Learning Objective: Students will be able to describe the evolution and impact of light and electrical grids on America’s race to industrialize.

Description: Live actors will visit the campus to interact with fifth grade students. Each actor will embody a historically accurate from specific historical periods in which light and electricity drove industrialization and innovation in America. Students will collaborate to understand how electrical grids work and what challenges various innovators helped overcome.

Cost:  $12 per student

2. History and Science of Cryptology in America – Process TEKS – Science – 5.1(A), 5.2(A)(B), 5.3 | Social Studies – 5.23(D)(E); 5.24(B); Readiness/Supporting TEKS –Science: 5.5, 5.6 | Social Studies: 5.5, 5.17, 5.19

Length of Time on Campus: 2 hours, may be scheduled between 9:00AM and 2:00PM on regular days of instruction as defined by school  academic calendar.

Student Learning Objective:  1) Students will be able to describe the role various methods of communication such as the mail, telegraph, telephone, television, and the methods used by government agencies to conceal and code messages using those devices. 2) Students will be able to explain the science behind various cryptological devices and methods. 3) Students will be able to identify people, places, and events impacted by the use of encrypted messages throughout U.S. history.

Description: Live actors will visit the campus to interact with fifth grade students. Each actor will embody a historically accurate U.S. Citizen, Politician, or Military member from various periods of conflict in U.S. History. Students will be divided into teams to analyze encryption science, create, and disseminate encrypted messages to meet the objective of their assigned historical figure.  The team meeting the most objectives will win the day.

Cost:  $12 per student

3. Space Race: Mission to Mars – Process TEKS – Science – 5.1(A), 5.2(A)(B), | Social Studies – 5.23(D)(E); 5.24(B); Readiness/Supporting TEKS –Science: 5.6, 5.8, 5.9(C) | Social Studies:5.5, 5.16(A), 5.22

Length of Time on Campus: 2 hours, may be scheduled between 9:00AM and 2:00PM on regular days of instruction as defined by school academic calendar.

Student Learning Objective: 1) Students will be able to identify and explain the impact of significant scientific advancements in the space program have had on American society. 2) Students will be able to explain various patriotic symbols and the messages those symbols may convey to off Earth entities.

Description: Live actors will visit the campus to interact with fifth grade students. Each actor will embody a historically accurate version of major U.S. figures instrumental in the advancement of U.S. space exploration. Students will work with the actors to understand the contributions made by the historical figure and plan for a conflict or cause that was solved or championed respectively, by each historical figure. Students will participate in a simulated planning mission to survive on Mars.

Cost:  $12 per student

4. Science Show: Don’t Try This At Home – Process TEKS – Science – 5.1(A), 5.2(A)(B), | Social Studies – 5.23(D)(E); 5.24(B);

Length of Time on Campus: 1 hour per show, may be scheduled between 9:00AM and 2:00PM on regular days of instruction as defined by school academic calendar.

Student Learning Objectives: 1) Student will be able to explain lab safety procedures and equipment. 2) The student will be able to identify characteristics of various thermal reactions.

Description: This science show will demonstrate various thermal reactions to students. Live actors will demonstrate the chemical compounds that produce different colored flames in fireworks, demonstrate how a rocket engine focuses energy to produce thrust, and much more; all while discussing the historic significance of each demonstrated experiment.

Cost:  $12 per student

Before our Visit

The listed events are designed to promote collaborative learning within your institution. These events require students to have foundational knowledge of the TEKS being covered during the event. It is recommended that events be scheduled in accordance with institutional scope and sequence timelines so that students and teachers can use the events to learn and teach for retention.

Please ensure that your student to staff ratio will remain intact for the duration of the program. Our educators and actors are not responsible for managing student behavior during an event. Classroom instructional teams play a critical role in the success of each event. Classroom instructional teams are expected to participate and assist in each event as much as appropriate to meet the needs of their students.

Science Shows provide demonstrations using chemistry and physics applications.  Students can safely participate in these demonstrations.

Science Shows are $35.00 per demonstration.

All programs need to be scheduled at least 14 days prior to your visit.

Schedule a visit by calling 361-826-4667 or emailing nicoler2@ccmuseum.com