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SCHOOL OUTREACH

Anchorage museum educators bring the wonders of the museum to you. The Outreach Program provides educational programming at off-site facilities such as schools and community centers. Opportunities are available for small and large groups, including festivals, StarLab portable planetarium shows, scientific guided investigations or traveling art and artifact kits. Not in the Anchorage/Mat-Su area? Our statewide outreach program can come to you! Contact the museum at (907) 929-9279 for availability and pricing.

FESTIVALS
Festivals include family-friendly exhibits and activities that foster parent and community involvement in art, history, culture, and science education. Programs run for up to two hours and cost $400; additional hours are $100 per hour, maximum six hours. Maximum 300 people per two-hour festival.

DISCOVERY FEST (K–12)
Though multiple hands-on tabletop exhibits, students explore the senses, color, flight, the human body, optical illusions, magnetism, animals, and much more.

CHANGING ALASKA FESTIVAL (3–12)
Learn about sea ice, temperature changes, animal migration, and the science behind our changing climate through hands-on activities and animated visuals. Our Magic Planet digital globe displays animated NASA and NOAA imagery to showcase the Earth's weather patterns as seen from space.

GUIDED INVESTIGATIONS
Students explore science topics under the guidance of a museum educator. $200 for each 50 minute session, minimum of two sessions per day required. Maximum 30 students per session.

GREAT GREY WHALE MIGRATIONS (K–3)
Students explore how increasing temperatures affect plants and animals. Students record data and play the role of scientists following the gray whale migration along the Pacific coast. Students sketch, describe, and measure the whales they observe. Students gain a better understanding of our warming oceans, why animals migrate, and why scientists study and continue to learn new things about our changing environment. Science Standards: A, D, G.

TRACKING MIGRATION (4-6)
Students gain a better understanding of what migration means and the reasons animals migrate. Using scientists' observations students examine migration patterns of gray whales. Students use data to calculate distance and track animal migration, then make predictions of the possible impact on gray whale migration patterns caused by increasing global temperatures. Science Standards: A, C, E, G.

SEA ICE, ICE BABY (4-8)
Students see animations of seasons, sea ice, and ocean currents on a Magic Planet digital globe and explore how color affects the ability of a material to reflect light and absorb heat. Students conduct an experiment using independent and dependent variables, record data, and analyze results. Students learn about the important role of sea ice in regulating Earth's temperature. Science Standards: A, B, C, D, G.

MAPPING MIGRATION (7-8)
Students view a short presentation on a Magic Planet digital globe about our changing Arctic and learn about the research conducted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Students collect data and track animal migration to gain a better understanding of migration patterns of gray whales. Students predict possible effects on gray whale migration patterns caused by increasing global temperatures. Science standards: A, F.

STARLAB (K–12)
Bring presentations about the night sky and constellations to your school with the StarLab portable planetarium. This inflatable dome requires a minimum of 10-foot ceiling clearance and 400 square feet of open floor space. Cost is $300 for up to two hours (four presentations), $100 for each additional hour. Maximum six hours in one day at one location. Shows run 25 minutes. Maximum of 30 people per show. Science Standards: D.

Educators may also rent the StarLab and facilitate their own star shows. Rental is $150 for the first day, $75 for each additional day. Rentals include dome, fan, two specified topic cylinders, and educational materials. Additional cylinders are available for $25 each. Teachers must participate in a two-hour professional development session prior to operating the StarLab without a museum employee present.

StarLab rental comes with the Starfield and Greek Mythology cylinders. However, others are available if you prefer a different topic. Each cylinder comes with curriculum; for a preview, visit starlab.com

Available cylinder topics for StarLab rental include:

  • Starfield
  • Greek Mythology
  • Deep Sky Objects
  • Native American Mythology
  • Ancient Chinese Legends
  • African Mythology
  • Earth
  • Biological Cell

REQUIRED STARLAB PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Learn how to operate and use the StarLab in your classroom. Museum educators take you through the inflatable dome's set-up and takedown processes. Discover the many possibilities for broadening your students' knowledge base.

StarLab Fall Training for Educators
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
$15 per person, pre-registration required online

StarLab Spring Training for Educators
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014
$15 per person, pre-registration required online

Can't attend one of the dates listed? Contact (907) 929-9280 to schedule your own training. 4 person minimum.

SCHEDULING
To schedule an outreach program, call (907) 929-9280 or email fieldtrips@anchoragemuseum.org.

CANCELLATION POLICY
The Anchorage Museum will travel to Anchorage/Mat-Su destinations primarily during the school year, with limited availability during the summer months. From time to time, weather conditions and other unforeseen events may cause the museum to cancel outreach programs. Programs canceled due to weather will be rescheduled at the earliest available time.

Should it be necessary for a school or organization to cancel a scheduled program, a minimum notice of 10 business days is required or the school/organization will be charged a 50% cancellation fee and all travel costs already incurred.