Saturday Science Workshops
These hands-on science workshops include time in the Museum and items from the permanent collection, and are designed to provide a meaningful inter-generational experience. For ages 6 and up, participants need to be accompanied by an adult to assist with activities.
This is a 90 min Science Class. All classes run from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
2017-18 Theme: Exploring the World “Under the Sea”
Burpee Museum is home to many exquisite specimens collected from the sea. Students will have the opportunity to examine special items from the permanent collection. We will study various phylum of animals from the sea. Students will work with preserved specimens sustainably caught. These classes meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and National Science Education Standards for Life Science.
Ages 6 and up. Students must be accompanied by an adult to assist with dissection. Pre-registration and payment is required.
Fees: $18 per participant members, $20 per participant nonmembers
Saturday 11/11: Explore Echinodermata
Echinoderms are preserved in our local rock. You will examine fossil echinoderms in the museum’s permanent collection. To study modern echinoderms you will work with your own preserved sea star.
Saturday 1/13: Explore Chordata part I: Fish
From this huge phylum of vertebrates you will study rays, a cartilaginous fish related to sharks from the class Chondricthyes and the order Myliobatiformes. To learn their special adaptations, you will see a variety of cartilaginous fish from Burpee’s permanent collection and examine your own specimen.
Saturday 2/10: Explore Chordata part II: Mammals
Investigate the hearts of various marine mammals. What makes them special? How are hearts of undersea animals different from land animals? Get hands on as you dissect a pig heart with the help of University of Illinois medical students.
Saturday 3/24: Explore Arthropoda
A variety of Arthropods inhabit the undersea. You will search for arthropods in the museum. To discover the characteristics of arthropods, you will study live crayfish and dissect a preserved crayfish.
Saturday 4/21: Explore Cnidaria
Cnidaria is the phylum of the jellyfish, a phylum that includes a variety of unusual animals. Meet these amazing invertebrates. Examine a variety of corals from Burpee’s permanent collection. Discover how jellyfish are actually increasing in numbers. You will study your own preserved jellyfish.
Saturday 5/05: Explore Annelida
Annelids are segmented worms. Discover the worms of the undersea world. You will work with Lumbricus terrestris (a pretty fancy name for the common worm) to learn why these simple creatures are important as well as their predators, the frog.
Pre-registration & Pre-payment Required
Fees per participant per class: Fee covers one child & one adult
Burpee Museum Member: $18.00
For more information and to register please call 815.965.3433