Location & Hours

hours

Close

Become a Member

Lab Explorations

The museum’s Education Department offers instructor-led science and social studies programs for groups of 15-32 students in grades pre-K-8 featuring hands-on object based learning activities.  Program content is aligned with Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Catholic Diocese of Tennessee curriculum standards. Programs are 45-60 minutes in length.

To reserve a Lab Exploration, please call 901.636.2362. 

Humpback Whales: Teacher Guide

Dive Deeper! Complement your Humpback Whales 3D experience with a science lab that explores humpback whale adaptations, their ocean environment and the many ways we humans affect the marine ecosystem.  (Grades 3-8) 

Making Sense of my Senses: Grades K–2

This “please touch” class has eye-opening experiments, aromas to sniff, sounds to hear and tasty treats.  Learn how our sense organs help us explore the word and avoid danger. (Pre-K–Grade 2)

I Dig Dino Fossils: Teacher Guide

Become a young paleontologist.  Excavate and examine dinosaur fossils. Compare their eggs, teeth, skulls, claws and size. Investigate the “dino” diet and touch real dinosaur eggs and bones. (Pre-K–Grade 3)

Native Americans of the Mid-South: Teacher Guide

Touch buffalo hide. Inspect spear points. Grind corn. Hear a Choctaw story. Use museum objects to experience how the first Americans lived, hunted, grew crops and played games in the Mississippi Valley. (K–Grade 5)

On the Mid-South Frontier: Teacher Guide

Split a roof shingle. Wash clothes against a metal washboard. Observe and participate in demonstrations of skills required for survival on the Mid-South Frontier.(Grades 3–8)

African-American History Trail: Teacher Guide

Hear stories of eight African-American residents who contributed to our city’s rich culture. Follow their lives on a timeline handout.  See emancipation papers, medical instruments related to yellow fever, and the uniform of a WWI soldier as we guide you through Memphis History. (Grades 4–8)

Rocks & Minerals: Teacher Guide

Conduct tests that give clues to a mineral’s identity. Examine minerals that glow in the dark. Find out how rocks are formed and why they look the way they do. Discover some surprising uses for rocks and minerals and explore how rocks are formed. Discover some surprising uses for rocks and mineral. (Grades 1–6)

Cell Structure & Microscopic Techniques: Teacher Guide

Take a “closer look” through the lens of a compound microscope.  View slides of plant and animal specimens. Develop observation and note-taking skills while being guided through the process of scientific investigation. (Grades 3–8)

Dive into Sharks: Teacher Guide

Discover why sharks are the ocean’s “perfect predators.” Examine their internal and external anatomy using preserved dogfish sharks, shark jaws and skeletons. Feel their rough skin. Inspect a shark fossil tooth. (Grades 3–8)

Journey to the Poles: Teacher Guide

From glaciers to reindeer, students discover the similarities and differences between the Arctic and Antarctic. Investigate the climate and explore the adaptations of the many animals living in these extreme environments. (Grades Pre-K-8)

Sound Science: Teacher Guide

Explore three requirements needed to create sound. Use a slinky to demonstrate different types of waves. Find out how sounds waves move through air and water. Learn how our ears interpret sound. (Grades K-8) 

Light & Color: Teacher Guide

It reflects, it refracts, it colors our world. Join us for an interactive program all about the science of light. Learn how light bends through different materials. Play with mirrors to alter your perception. This program is sure to de-"light"! 

TEACHER PRE-VISIT GUIDES for EDUCATION LAB & THEATER EXPLORATIONS

African-American History Trail
        Grades 4-8 »   

     Cell Structure and Microscope Techniques
        Grades 3-5 »
        Grades 6-8 »  

     I Dig Dino Fossils
        Grades PreK-3 »    
     
    Dive Into Sharks!
        Grades 3-5 » 
        Grades 6-8 »

    Fun With Physical Science
        Grades 1-2 »
        Grades 3-6 »    

    Light & Color
       Grades 3-5 »
       Grades 6-8 »

     Humpback Whales
     Grades 3-5 »
     Grades 6-8 »

     It Bubble, it Fizzes, it's Chemistry
     Grades 3-5 »
     Grades 6-8 »

    Journey to the Poles
       Grades K-2 »
       Grades 3-5 »
       Grades 6-8 »
 
    Making Sense Of My Senses
        Grades PreK-2 »

    Native Americans of the Mid-South
        Grades K-2 » 
        Grades 3-5» 

    On the Mid-South Frontier
        Grades 3-5 »
        Grades 6-8 »

    Rocks and Minerals       
        Grades 1-2 »
        Grades 3-5 »    
        Grades 6-8 »

    Sound Science
        Grades K-2 »
        Grades 3-5 »
        Grades 6-8 »

    Weather Whys
        Grades 1-2 »
        Grades 3-5 »
        Grades 6-8 »

< Back to