Summer Youth Classes – Day 5; Session 1

Well, it’s the last day of camp and our campers are ready wrap things up with some fun, exciting activities!

Using a unique "bird beak" to grab worms out of the mud!

What kind of a bird has a beak like a strainer?

What are our future engineers working on today?

What can a microscope see that our eyes can't?

Whoa, check out those bird eggs!

Working on some viking portraits

That's one beautiful butterfly!

Making a weather vane using household items

Smile and say cheese!

Finishing up that viking painting

Wow, what a neat animal habitat

Finishing touches on those structures

We hope everyone has a week full of educational fun! We can’t wait to see everyone back next year for more hands-on science, art, and history learning!

Summer Youth Classes – Day 3; Session 1

It was our third day of summer youth classes and we are still having blast learning and experimenting with new things!

Working hard

Learning more abou viking heritage

Our worldly builders are building away

Carefully cutting out building pieces

Sand is a key part of desert environments

Very colorful sand

Shaking the sand around

Check it out! Desert landscape

Our future astronomers working together

Beautiful galaxy

What do you think of my galaxy?

Reviewing the anatomy of a flower

Learning about desert creatures we study at the Museum

Checking out the bats in the Explorium

Engineers hard at work

Building ancient structures

I can see youuuuu...

Building a telescope to check out the stars

Can you find the stamen on a lily?

Measuring viking materials

Carefully stretching string

Today was great! We can’t wait to see the campers tomorrow!

Summer Youth Classes – Day 1; Session 1

Monday marked our first day of Summer Youth Classes at the Museum!  Children entering grades K – 5 visited the Museum for an afternoon full of hands-on activities and educational fun!  Our first session of classes included:

  • Exploring Earth’s Ecosystems
  • Budding Botanists
  • Amazing Stargazing
  • Let’s Go A-Viking
  • Worldly Builders
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of…???

We walked around and snapped some great photos of the kids in action:

Check out that black tipped reef shark!

Our future botanists coloring some water lillies

Vikings building their long-houses

Using branches to make their houses

Make those houses secure!

Getting ready to watch their water lillies bloom

Are they opening?

I see a green lily!

Future engineers building some great structures

What famous building are you re-creating?

Making a beautiful sea scene

Our sea creatures are bioluminescent!

Fishy faces!

Cloudy With A Chance of...?? Lightening?

What happens in the water cycle?

Creating cool constellations

What does the Big Dipper look like?

What's the name of your constellation?

Sea scene and whale habitat complete!

Building the Great Pyraminds

The first day was a lot of fun, can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

Junior Einsteins – Day 4

Today was our last day of summer camp.  We learned about the role of a biologist, animal habitats, and camouflage!

We started the morning by matching animals to their correct habitats, and then looking at the skeletons of different critters:

Where does a polar bear live?

What does a starfish feel like?

Wow, that polar bear has some sharp teeth!

That's much bigger than my skull!

Holy cow, that's a big cow!

Is it smooth or rough?

Next, we visited the Natural Science Research Lab where Heath showed us all the different insects, mammals, and birds the biologists study:

Those beetles are bigger than my hand!

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!

Checking out the bald eagle!

Birds and mammals everywhere

Next, we learned all about camouflage and how animals blend in to their habitats to avoid being eaten

Can you find the frog?

We then went outside to see which worms camouflage into the Lubbock landscape

Find the worms!

Can you see them?

To finish up the day, we headed over to the Ranching Heritage Center for a nature walk and scavenger hunt:

Do you see something green?

Can you draw a tree?

Finding something old...

Finish your drawings

We had so much fun all week learning about space, animals, dinosaurs, and chemistry! Hopefully we’ll see all the campers again soon! 🙂