Learn With Us

The North Museum offers a variety of nature and science topics and welcomes groups of all sizes and interests. We recommend that you plan to be at the Museum for at least 90 minutes, and we are happy to help you plan your experience. You will need additional time if you would like to include a SciDome Theater program (highly recommended) or a visit to the Museum Shop.


group visits

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

 
By offering teacher developed early childhood programs, the North Museum has unique science experiences for your preschooler or preschool group. Children’s literature and puppets focus a young child’s attention while live animals and real specimens create curiosity and excitement about the natural world. Programs like "Read, Touch, Discover" and "Little Explorer & Me" are sure to spark curiosity in your budding scientist.


GROUP EXPERIENCES

 
The museum features a variety of exciting science topics for groups. We can also arrange for custom tours and demonstrations. These offerings are designed to satisfy Pennsylvania academic standards.


SCIDOME THEATER PROGRAMS

With our new SciDome Touch XD system, our educators can spark your students’ interest and give them a personalized interactive introduction to astronomy, earth sciences, or meteorology, using incredible imagery and animations. You can also select from our library of shows on a variety of scientific topics. Research has shown that immersive environments like the SciDome Theater spark student curiosity and aid in retention longer than material presented on a computer screen.


STEAM CAREER EXPLORATION NORTH MUSEUM

STEAM CAREER EXPLORATION

 
This half-day program focuses on igniting participant’s interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) careers, what they do, key facts and information, wages, education and training needed. The North Museum provides various hands-on STEAM learning activities for up to 30 participants. After we review together the career details and the science involved we introduce the participants to a hands-on project that relates to that STEAM Career. The project incorporates the science used in that industry. Each hands-on project will include the Scientific Method and incorporates the collaborative Learning approach.


outreach programs

 

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”–Benjamin Franklin

The Museum can provide a number of hands-on educational outreach programs to area schools, camps, after-school programs, senior centers, scouting organizations, or your special group. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you!

Science programs

From our solar system and galaxies beyond to quantum levitation, our Astronomy and Physics outreach programs definitely deliver the WOW factor! Learn to “cook” comets, climb into a portable planetarium, explore quantum physics, have a cool hair-raising experience with static electricity, or interact with fascinating items from the natural world.


Junior T-Rex Appearance

 
Bring the past to life with our walking, roaring baby Tyrannosaurus rex! A performer wearing the seven-foot-tall costume will come to your party, event, school, or home for a 30-minute program, accompanied by a handler. Discover how big its parents would have been, learn about how it moved, or host a meet and greet with some great photo ops!

Length: 30 minutes
On-site Cost: $150
Off-site Cost: $450 plus mileage

Transportation and additional handler included.
 
Please email events@northmuseum.org with any questions or to schedule a visit.


Project STEAM after-school

Project STEAM is an after-school program designed for 4th through 8th graders by the region’s leading resource for nature and science education. Fun, hands-on activities led by experienced educators and STEAM-industry (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) professionals create a one-of-a-kind experience to keep kids engaged and excited about learning.


What in the World?

This career awareness program has helped students understand the importance of science and math for over 15 years and introduced them to the many possibilities available after graduating from high school or college.

At each event, students meet a minimum of six professionals and are introduced to careers that utilize the components of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Small groups of students may hear from a mechanic, nurse, pilot, physical therapist, chemical engineer, or firefighter.

Contact witw@northmuseum.org or call 717.358.4605 for more information


NORTH MUSEUM SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR

The premiere science competition in Lancaster County, the North Museum Science & Engineering Fair is held each March on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College. Students in grades 7–12 participate and compete for top prizes and awards as they invent, create and share months of research and experimentation with local judges and the public. The North Museum Science & Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and our top two champions compete with thousands of students from across the globe. This fair is exclusive to Lancaster County public, private and homeschool students.

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