Grade 4-6

Teacher Support Materials are provided for each program. These provide vocabulary lists, student activities to use before and after your visit, exhibit connections, and resources. You’ll also find Tennessee Science Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) to match our programs to your curriculum.

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Demonstrations

Cooking Up a Storm

Learn about the three basic ingredients of weather – water, air, and temperature – and investigate what weather events are created when these ingredients are combined in different recipes. read more →

Get Energized!

Explore the science of heat, light and sound energy. Observe lightning-like sparks, glowing plasma and ultraviolet light demonstrations that will have your students on the edge of their seats! read more →

Magnets to Motors

Explore the physical properties of magnets and learn how electromagnets work through a series of interactive demonstrations. read more →


STEM Learning Labs

Amusement Park Physics

Use engineering and collaboration skills to build an amusement park attraction and learn how potential and kinetic energy transfers in a closed system. read more →

Cow Eye Dissection

Examine a cow’s eyeball; compare its muscles and fat; cut it open to find its parts; follow the path of light all the way to the optic nerve; and learn how the eye sends information to the brain. read more →

Frog Dissection

Inspect the unique internal and external features of a frog, learn how the tympanum senses sound waves, and draw conclusions about the adaptations of this amphibian. read more →

It’s Electric!

Partners collaborate in a guided inquiry lab with challenges that include building series and parallel circuits to make a light bulb glow, a motor spin, and a fan turn into a flying saucer. read more →

LEGO® Mindstorms®

Working in teams of two or three, students build and program LEGO® Mindstorms® robots capable of meeting challenges designed to promote 21st century team building skills. Students see the important STEM relationships to gain a deeper understanding of the design and invention process. read more →

Squid Dissection

Inspect the unique internal and external features of a squid and draw conclusions about the adaptations of this ocean dwelling invertebrate. read more →


Planetarium Shows

Astronaut

Experience a rocket launch. Float around. Discover the perils that lurk in space, and find out if you have what it takes to become an astronaut. Grades 4 & up The Earth: Standard 7 Motion: Standard 11 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Dawn of the Space Age

From Sputnik to the Space Shuttle and beyond, join the excitement of exploring the final frontier as we prepare for closer international cooperation and the dawn of commercial spaceflight. Grades 4 & up read more →

Dynamic Earth

Follow energy from the Sun to see how it affects Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere. Ride along swirling ocean and wind currents; dive into the heart of a hurricane; and come face-to-face with sharks and other sea creatures to explore our dynamic Earth and its climate system. Grades 5 & Up read more →

Forces of Nature

Get up close to erupting volcanoes, devastating earthquakes, and powerful storms with scientists trying to understand what causes these dangerous natural events. Grades 3 & up The Universe: Standard 7 Forces in Nature: Standard 12 Motion: Standard 10 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Natural Selection: Darwin’s Mystery of Mysteries

Join young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the globe on the HMS Beagle. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin’s eyes. Make observations about the spectacular scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Allow Darwin himself to reveal.. read more →

Nine Planets and Counting

How many planets are there in our solar system? Take a tour to explore the variety of objects that populate our solar system. And just what IS a planet, anyway? Grades 4 & Up The Earth: Standard 7 The Universe: Standard 6 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast

Rusty Rocket leads a class of rookies on their first tour of the solar system to explain basic rocket science and the great distances between the planets. Grades 1 – 5 The Universe: Standard 6 The Earth: Standard 7 Motion: Standard 11 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Skies Over Nashville

Explore what’s up in the sky tonight: constellations, planets, and more. Ask questions and make requests during this live, interactive tour of the sky. Grades 3 & Up The Universe: Standard 6 The Earth: Standard 7 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Skywatchers of Africa

Africans have used the sky to enrich their spiritual lives, build societies, and meet their needs for survival. Experience the diversity of African astronomy and celebrate our shared human experience. Grades 5 & Up The Earth: Standard 7 The Universe: Standard 6 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

STARS

Witness the explosive end of massive stars and the dramatic formation of others. Use the electromagnetic spectrum to see how stars create and release the energy that powers the universe. Grades 5 & Up The Earth: Standard 7 The Universe: Standard 6 Forces in Nature: Standard 12 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Stars of the Pharaohs

Discover how ancient Egyptians studied the skies to tell time, create calendars, and align gigantic monuments. Explore the connections they felt with the stars and other astronomical phenomena Grades 5 & up The Earth: Standard 7 The Universe: Standard 6 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →


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