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Our educational programs cater to children from PreK to 5th grade, carefully crafted around engaging themes and completely in sync with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. Each program offers hands-on activities, investigative sessions, and ample time for students to immerse themselves in our captivating exhibits.

More questions about a group visit, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for Field Trips & Group Visits.

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  • $6 per child for entry and a staff-led S.T.E.A.M. activity.

  • $4 per child for museum entry only.

  • Our group rates are for groups of more than 10 and less than 50. We will not schedule groups of more than 50 at one time.

  • All group visits, schools or other organizations, can be scheduled year-round and are 2 hours in length (this includes play time in the museum and the S.T.E.A.M. activity).

  • ALL Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

  • Families of Field Trip students are welcome to join your group for your BCM visit, but will be required to pay the general admission cost.


   Monday - Friday

  • 9:00am - 11:00am

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm

  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm

*Wednesday morning and some Wednesday afternoon Field Trips are unavailable during the school year due to our program schedules.

**S.T.E.A.M. activities are unavailable for Field Trips during the Summer due to our Summer Camp schedules.

See below for program descriptions by group age!

Our field trips are designed to establish and build critical thinking skills for students of all ages.


**All field trips can be adapted to different grade levels**


Make It Matter: Bubbling Bubbles -

Through hands-on observations, students gain an understanding of the scientific concepts underlying the enchanting phenomenon of bubbles. Students will rotate through four stations which include the bubble wall, bubble in a bubble, creating a bubble mountain, and bubble art. (Pre-K 4 Guidelines: PK4. V.C.1, PK4. V.E.3., PK4.VI. A.1.)

  • PK4. V.C.1 Child names and describes common 2D shapes and names at least 1 solid 3D shape.

  • PK4. V.E.3 Child recognizes, duplicates, extends, and creates patterns.

  • PK4.VI.A.1 Child observes, investigates, describes, and discusses characteristics of common objects.

Make It Beautiful: Mix it Up -

In this exciting art activity, students explore color theory after a reading of "Mix-It-Up" by Hervé Tullet, students will paint using primary colors and mixing them to create secondary colors. (Pre-K 4 Guidelines: PK4.III. A.1, PK4.III. D.2, PK4.III. D.3, PK4.VIII. A.2)

  • PK4.III.A.1 Child engages in story-related pre-reading activities.

  • PK4.III.D.2 Child uses information learned from books by describing, relating, categorizing, or comparing and contrasting.

  • PK4.III.D.3 Child asks and responds to questions relevant to the text read aloud.

  • PK4. VIII. A.2 Child uses art as a form of creative self-expression and representation.


Make It Work: Magnificent Magnets 

In this science exploration, students will participate in a series of hands-on activities to investigate the fascinating properties of magnets. Students will rotate through five stations which include magnetic sorting, magnetic cars, enclosed magnetic shaving exploration, magnetic ring stack, and magnetic weight testing. (TEKS: K.1.A., K.4(A), K.7, K.7(A))

  • TEKS K.1.A.- measuring variables relevant to the hypothesis that are manipulated and comparing results; and experimental investigations.

  • TEKS K.4(A)- collect information using tools, including magnets.

  • TEKS K.7.- describe and predict how a magnet interacts with various materials and how magnets can be used to push or pull.

  • TEKS K.7(A)- give an example of a measurable attribute of a given object, including length, capacity, and weight.

Make It Bright: All About Light

 *Large Classroom Only*

In this enlightening science exploration, students will investigate light, shadows, and prisms through four stations. Through these illuminating stations, students will create shadow puppets, prism art, test light refraction, and a NISE (National Informal STEM Education Network) activity "Bear Shadow." (TEKS: K.1.C., K.8.A., K.8.B. K.8.C.)

  • TEKS K.1.C.- light energy as it relates to the students' everyday lives. Students focus on demonstrating light energy sources and their effect on objects.

  • TEKS K.8.A.- light source is present and compare the effects of different amounts of light on the appearance of objects.

  • TEKS K.8.B.- light travels through some objects and is blocked by other objects, creating shadows.

  • TEKS K.8.C.- Draw conclusions from real-object and picture graphs.


1st Grade 

Make It Matter: Water, Water Everywhere! 

In this interactive learning experience, students will dive into all things water. Through a series of five stations, students explore properties of water, the stages of the water cycle, investigate clouds, and test objects through sink or float. Students will have a greater understanding of the importance of water in our environment. (TEKS: 1.1.A., 1.10.C., 1.5(A))

TEKS 1.1.A.- tentatively answers the research question and involve collecting data and recording observations without making comparisons.

TEKS 1.10.C.- compare the properties of puddles, ponds, streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.

TEKS 1.5(A)- recite numbers forward and backward from any given number between 1 an 120.

Make It Work: Force and Motion 

In this dynamic science exploration, students will participate in a hands-on learning experience to understand the principles of force and motion through four stations that focus on push, pull, and testing different force on objects. (TEKS: 1.1.A., 1.1.C., 1.7.A., 1.7.B., 1.7(A))

  • TEKS 1.1.A.- Scientific methods of investigation are descriptive, correlative, comparative, or experimental

  • TEKS 1.1.C.- Force, motion, and energy. Students know that force and motion are related, and that energy exists in many forms as a part of everyday life.

  • TEKS 1.7.A.- explain how pushes and pulls can start, stop, or change the speed or direction of an object's motion.

  • TEKS 1.7.B.- plan and conduct a descriptive investigation that predicts how pushes and pulls can start, stop, or change the speed or direction of an object's motion.

  • TEKS 1.7(A)- Use measuring tools to measure the length of objects

2nd Grade

Make It Work: Straw Boat Challenge 

In this S.T.E.A.M. activity, students are tasked with building a straw boat using limited materials. Through this timed experiment, students not only explore principles of buoyancy and weight distribution but also develop problem-solving skills while working through many engineering concepts. ​(TEKS: 2.1.A.(ii), 2.6.B., 2.6.C., 2.8(A))

  • TEKS 2.1.A.(ii)- Engineering practices. Students identify problems and design solutions using appropriate tools and models

  • TEKS 2.6.B.- physical properties can be changed through processes such as cutting, folding.

  • TEKS 2.6.C.- small units such as building blocks can be combined or reassembled to form new objects for different purposes and explain the materials chosen based on their physical properties.

  • TEKS 2.8(A)- create two-dimensional shapes

Make It Cosmic: Telescope Adventure

In this immersive educational experience, students will investigate and learn about telescopes through a combination of activities. In our Emerald mobile planetarium students will watch a presentation on the history of the telescope, explore a real-life telescope, and participate in a NISE (National Informal STEM Education Network) kit activity. ​(TEKS: 2.9.B., 2.4., 2.9.)

  • TEKS 2.9.B.- using tools such as a telescope and compare how objects in the sky are more visible and can appear different with a tool than with an unaided eye.

  • TEKS 2.4.- The student applies mathematical process to solve addition and subtraction problems with efficiency and accuracy.

  • TEKS 2.9.- The student applies mathematical process standards to select and use units to describe length.

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3rd Grade

Make It Matter: Solids, Liquids, and Gasses, Oh My! 

In this scientific exploration, students delve into the properties of solids, liquids, and gasses through investigations of two different types of reactions, chemical and physical. Students will create a gas through a chemical reaction with a liquid and a solid, and create a non-Newtonian fluid using a solid and a liquid. (TEKS: 3.1.A., 3.6.B., 3.5.(C))

  • TEKS 3.1.A.- ask questions and define problems based on observations or information from text, phenomena, models, or investigation.

  • TEKS 3.6.B.- describe and classify samples of matter as solids, liquids, and gases and demonstrate that solids have a definite shape, and that liquids and gases take the shape of their container.

  • TEKS 3.5.(C)- describe a multiplication expression as a comparison such as 3 X 24

Make It Cosmic: Solar System Exploration

In this captivating educational experience, students embark on a cosmic journey to explore the wonders of the solar system in the Emerald mobile planetarium. Students will be able to identify planets, stars, and answer questions based off of NASA data. This learning experience ignites a sense of awe and discovery of outer space. (TEKS: 3.9.A., 3.9.B., 3.5.)

  • TEKS 3.9.A.- explain the orbits of the Sun, Earth, and Moon in relation to each other.

  • TEKS 3.9.B.- identify the order of the planets in Earth's solar system in relation to the Sun.

  • TEKS 3.5.- The students applies mathematical process standards to analyze and create patterns and relationships

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4th Grade

Make It Wild: Food Webs 

In this science lesson, students dive into the intricate relationships of ecosystems by learning about food chains and webs through three activities. Students will solve and create a food chain to take home and participate in a food web class activity and test their knowledge with a Food Web classification game. ​ (TEKS: 4.12.A., 4.12.B., 4.9.) ​

  • TEKS 4.12.A.- investigate and explain how most producers can make their own food using sunlight.

  • TEKS 4.12.B.- describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy through food webs, including the roles of the Sun, producers, consumers, and decomposers.

  • TEKS 4.9.- The student applies mathematical process standards to solve problems by collecting, organizing, displaying, and interpreting data.

Make It Work: Circuits

In this electrifying science exploration, students will create circuits while also investigating with conductors and insulators through four different stations. Students will test objects with a circuit stick, create squishy and board circuits, and participate in a NISE (National Informal STEM Education Network) kit activity "Build a Battery." (TEKS: 4.8.A., 4.8.B., 4.8.C., 4.8.(A)) ​

  • TEKS 4.8.A.- transfer of energy by objects in motion, waves in water, and sound.

  • TEKS 4.8.B.- identify conductors and insulators of thermal and electrical energy.

  • TEKS 4.8.C.- demonstrate and describe how electrical energy travels in a closed path that can produce light

  • TEKS 4.8.(A)- identify relative sizes of measurement units within the customary and metric systems.

5th Grade

Make It Wild: Ecosystem Changes

In this exploration, students dive into the dynamics of food webs, ecosystem components, and the impact of various factors on environmental balance. Through hands-on activities and discussions, students gain an understanding of living organisms and their environment, sort abiotic and biotic factors as well as learned and instinctive behaviors, participate in a NISE (National Informal STEM Education Network) kit activity "Oil Spill", and create a food web in a class activity. (TEKS: 5.1.E., 5.12.A., 5.12.B., 5.12.C., 5.13.A., 5.3.(A))

  • TEKS 5.1.E.- biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem; predicting how ecosystem changes affect the flow of energy; humans impact the ecosystem

  • TEKS 5.12.A.- organisms survive by interacting with biotic and abiotic factors.

  • TEKS 5.12.B.- changes in the ecosystem affect the cycling of matter and flow of energy in a food web.

  • TEKS 5.12.C.- describe a healthy ecosystem and how human activities can be beneficial or harmful to an ecosystem.

  • TEKS 5.13.A.- analyze the structures and functions of different species to identify how organisms survive in the same environment.

  • TEKS 5.3.(A)- estimate to determine solutions to mathematical and real-world problems

Make It Science: Weather Effects Hurricane

In this educational lesson, students will participate in a hands-on learning experience focused on the science of hurricanes. Students will construct a building and test its strength against hurricane force winds, rain, and flooding. It provides students the ability to apply their knowledge of impact of severe weather to infrastructure and our environment. (TEKS: 5.5.F., 5.5.G., 5.10.A., 5.10.C., 5.7)

  • TEKS 5.5.F.- explain the relationship between the structure and function of objects, organisms, and systems.

  • TEKS 5.5.G.- explain how factors or conditions impact stability and change in objects, organisms, and systems.

  • TEKS 5.10.A.- explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle and affect weather.

  • TEKS 5.10.C.- identify how changes to Earth's surface by wind and water.

  • TEKS 5.7.- The student applies mathematical process standards to select appropriate units, strategies, and tools to solve problems involving measurement.

2nd-5th Grade

Make It Chemistry: BASF Playful Polymers

In this educational activity, students engage in a fun and interactive lesson on polymers by creating slime. Students will learn how polymers are formed through a short presentation, discuss polymer chains. and then put their knowledge to the test by creating slime using a recipe courtesy of BASF, our museum partner.  This hands-on experience will allow students to step into the world of chemistry and leave with a free BASF backpack to take home. (TEKS: K.5.G., 1.5.G., 2.B.1.E., 3.B.1.E., 4.B.6.B., 5.B.6.C., K.1.(A), 1.1.(A), 2.1.(A), 3.1.(A), 4.1.(A), 5.1.(A))

  • TEKS K.5.G., 1.5.G., - describe how factors or conditions can cause objects, organisms, and systems to either change or stay the same.

  • TEKS 2.B.1.E., 3.B.1.E.- collect observations and measurements as evidence.

  • TEKS 4.B.6.B.- investigate and compare a variety of mixtures, including solutions that are composed of liquids in liquids.

  • TEKS 5.B.6.C.- compare the properties of substances before and after they are combined into a solution.

  • TEKS K.1.(A), 1.1.(A), 2.1.(A), 3.1.(A), 4.1.(A), 5.1.(A)- apply math in everyday situations.

Sensory Friendly

Make It Sensational: Sensory Science

In this educational activity, students are engaged in an interactive and sensory-friendly learning experience that focuses on exploring objects designed to cater to different sensory needs. The students are encouraged to investigate various sensory-friendly objects while working on their fine and gross motor skills. These activities will enhance the skills of sensory awareness, exploration, and understanding while allowing the students to interact with museum staff and volunteers​.

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