Science Learning Labs
Our Science Studies Learning Labs are specifically developed for students in grades one through eight. These labs are full of hands-on activities that integrate curriculum standards and give students a full learning experience.
Be a Rock Star
Transform into a geologist, follow the rock cycle and learn how rocks form and change. Discover the different properties of rocks and categorize them based on a set of criteria.
Be a Space Ace
Help scientists discover clues about the planets in our universe. Through problem solving and hands on experimentation, participate in activities that are out of this world!
Bee the Pollinator
Pollinators perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem. Learn how pollination works and about the different animals that play a role in this process. Experience how plants attract pollinators and see flowers through the eyes of a bee.
Discover the delicate ecosystem of a cave and investigate the animals that live there. Meet one of the cave dwellers that call Museum Center home!
Become a junior paleontologist and work with your team to discover fossils wrapped in a crate. Then investigate the properties and characteristics of the fossils to identify them.
Discover the role convection plays in Earth's ever-changing appearance through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Experiment with different types of volcanoes and determine which are the most destructive. Find out if you can build a structure that can withstand a major earthquake and learn how the study of seismology helps us understand the world around us.
What’s the (State of) Matter?
Learn about solids, liquids, gases and plasma through fun, bubbly, sticky and electrifying experiments. Mix different states of matter to create something that isn’t quite a solid, liquid, gas or plasma and learn where it fits in the world of matter.
Find everything you need to know about educational programs, field trip planning, professional development and other educational opportunities that are offered at Union Terminal as well as in the community in our Educator’s Guide (coming soon).
Send us your photos!
If you send us a high-resolution photo of a Museum Center Learning Lab or Programs-on-Wheels program that was presented in your classroom, and we decide to use your photo for publication, we'll give you one FREE Learning Lab or Programs-on-Wheels program! Email your photos, your name, name of your school, program title and program date to:
Please note: to be considered for publication, all photos must be sent with for all non-Museum Center individuals in the photo. If the photo subject is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign the release. If your school has photo releases for each student on file, you do not need to submit a photo release form, just make a note that the school has permission on file.