Museum Visits YOU

Standards-Based Outreach Programs

*We do virtual programs! If you would like one of our specialists to visit your class virtually with one of the topics below, you can reach us at director@ironhillsciencecenter.org or 302-368-5703. Cost is $70 for 1.5 hours of instruction. It includes a slideshow for the students to see items clearly and ask questions.*

The Iron Hill Museum & Science Center Outreach Programs are designed for groups up to 30 (one class) per presentation, and can be scheduled for up to seven classes per day. Museum Educators can go from class to class or, if possible, we can set up in one room and the students can come to us. If it is necessary to move from one class to another, please provide a cart to transport specimens and allow time for setup before each presentation.

Our programs focus on earth science, archaeology, Native American studies, natural history, and paleontology as they relate to Delaware and the region.

To book an outreach, please call 302-368-5703 or email director@ironhillsciencecenter.org. The cost is $3.50 per student, plus a small $15 travel fee to visit your site.

Current Standards-Based Outreach Programs available are:

ROCKS ARE WEIRD

This program brings some amazing hands-on specimens to your classroom. Emphasis is on properties that lead to the identification of rocks and minerals. Includes an awesome display of fluorescent minerals.

Rocks are Weird program meets the following DE Essential Standards: 

  • Science: 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, 2-PS1-4, 2-ESS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 4-ESS1-1, 4ESS2-1, 4-ESS3-1, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS1-4

LENAPE LIFE

See and touch artifacts, tools, and toys used by the Lenape. These are worked into a discussion of lifeways and the people who used and produced them.

Lenape Life program meets the following DE Essential Standards (excluding science standards, this is the layout for reading the standards= Standard#.grade cluster,):

  • Economics: S2.k-3a, S3.k-3a
  • Geography: S1.k-3a, S1.4-5a, S2.k-3a, S2.4-5a, S3.k-3a, S3.4-5a, S4.k-3a, S4.4-5a
  • History: S1.k-3a, S1.4-5a, S2.k-3a, S2.4-5a, S2.4-5b, S3.k-3a, S3.4-5a, S4.k-3a, S4.k-3b, S4.4-5a
  • Science: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-2-ETS1-2, 1-LS1-1

DINOSAURS IN DELAWARE??

Hands-on program focusing on prehistoric life in our area. Kids get to see and touch fossils and replicas including dinosaur bone, prehistoric teeth, and much more. Learn about fossils and their formations.

Dinosaurs in Delaware?? program meets the following DE Essential Standards:

  • Science: 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS1-1

WHOSE TRASH IS IT ANYWAY? (WTIIA?)

Learn about nonrenewable natural resources and the impact of recycling. Program format includes presentation followed by a game show, in which students actively reinforce what they have learned.

WTIIA program meets the following DE Essential Standards:

  • Science: K-ESS3-3, K-2-ETS1-1, 2-PS1-4, 5-ESS3-1, 2-PS1-2, 4-ESS3-1

INSECT INSPECTORS

A great introduction to entomology. The educator brings mounted specimens showing the life cycles, metamorphoses, and survival mechanisms that can be found in the insect world.

Insect Inspectors program meets the following DE Essential Standards:

  • Science: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 5-LS2.1

ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE (ORSH)

Students will learn what it was like for African Americans to go to school in Delaware in the early 1920s. The program uses artifacts, primary and secondary documents, photographs, and oral histories to bring Iron Hill School #112C to life within their own classroom. 

ORSH program meets the following DE Essential Standards (excluding science standards, this is the layout for reading the standards= Standard#.grade cluster,): 

  • Economics: S1.k-3a
  • Geography: S1.k-3a, S1.4-5a, S2.k-3a, S2.4-5a, S3.k-3a, S3.4-5a, S4.k-3a, S4.4-5a
  • History: S1.k-3a, S1.4-5a, S1.6-8a, S2.k-3a, S2.4-5a, S2.4-5b, S2.6-8b, S3.k-3a, S3.4-5a, S4.k-3a, S4.k-3b, S4.4-5a

BIRDS OF PREY

Explore the captivating world of eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. Students will learn about the adaptations of these magnificent birds, find out where they live, discover what they eat, and test their senses to see how they would handle being a bird of prey. Other bird species are examined as well.  (For an added activity, we have owl pellet picking for an extra charge. Ask for more details if interested.)

Birds of Prey program meets the following DE Essential Standards:

  • Science: K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 4-LS1-1

GOING BATTY

How to bats live, eat, sleep, fly at night, or talk? Learn about how bats do AMAZING things for nature, and how many bat types there are in the world compared to just Delaware. Find out what White Nose Syndrome is, and how we can help bats survive. 

Going Batty program meets the following DE Essential Standards: 

  • Science: K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-LS1-1, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1, 3LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 4-LS1-1

MAMMAL STUDY

An introduction to mammals. What are the characteristics of a mammal? What do they eat, how do they sleep or survive in the winter, and what do they feel like? Learn some cool facts about mammals, and if humans are mammals too!

Mammal Study program meets the following DE Essential Standards: 

  • Science: K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 5-LS2-1
Showy emerald moth (Dichorda iridaria).
Image taken by Maureen Zieber at the Iron Hill Science Center.