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K-6 Elementary Schools

Inspiring the Next Generation of Critical Thinkers

We believe children learn best through experiences that inspire them to ask questions, engage all of their senses, and discover what makes their world work. We offer a variety of high-quality, immersive, engaging science programs for elementary students. Our programs spark passion for science and help children acquire the tools to deeply understand the changing world.

CuriOdyssey is an ideal field trip destination. Interactive exhibits, amazing live animals, and high-quality educational programs – all on a personal scale – provide your students with an unforgettable up close science experience.

Registration opens on Monday, August 22, 2016. If you have questions prior to our registration open date, please contact our Program Scheduler at Scheduler@CuriOdyssey.org or (650) 340-7598.

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K-6 Science Workshops and Wildlife Programs

*Key to Science Strands:

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  • E Earth Science
  • L Life Science
  • P Physical Science
  • I Investigation and Experimentation

*Key to Grades:

  • K Kindergarten
  • 1 1st Grade
  • 2 2nd Grade
  • 3 3rd Grade
  • 4 4th Grade
  • 5 5th Grade
  • 6 6th Grade
 
  • Animal Eggsploration
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    Animal Eggsploration

    This workshop introduces students to egg-laying animals like insects, amphibians, birds, and reptiles. A test of an egg’s strength with our egg crusher will exemplify just how strong an egg actually is. Students will observe, compare, and interact with live animals that lay eggs, and take a closer look at the form and function of chicken egg.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: cockroach, snake, and/or bird.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: K.2a

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  • Animal Habitats
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    Animal Habitats

    What do animals need to survive in the wild? Students will learn about an animal’s niche in nature and discover how individual organisms are connected to one another. Outdoor exploration is a large part of this workshop as we search for tracks, scat, and other signs that animals inhabit the park and find what they need for survival: food, water, and space.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length:
    60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: K.2a, 1.2a-c, 3.3b,c, 4.2b,c, 4.3b

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  • Audible Adventures
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    Audible Adventures

    What is sound? How does sound travel? Does the shape of our ears help or hinder hearing? These questions form the foundation of our inquiry into the world of sound. Students experiment with a variety of sound makers, listen with a stethascope, and hear the sounds of vibrating metal. Let’s hear it for this audible adventure!

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length:
    60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: 2.1g

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  • Birds of Prey
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    Birds of Prey

    Explore the captivating world of eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. Students will investigate the adaptations of these magnificent raptors, dissect an owl pellet, and test their senses to see how they would handle being a bird of prey.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: American kestrel, great horned owl, red- shouldered hawk, Swainson’s hawk, screech owl, and/or peregrine falcon.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length:
    60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: 3.3a, 4.2b, 4.3b, 5.2c, 6.5c-e

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  • Build It and Break It!
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    Build It and Break It!

    Build a wooden bridge, then test its strength until it collapses. Students will explore gravity, stress, and other forces that engineers have to overcome (or utilize) every time they construct a bridge. Let’s work as engineers as we build and break our very own structures.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length:
    60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: 2.1c,e

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  • Dynamic Decomposers
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    Dynamic Decomposers

    Millipedes, worms, and snails – are they pests or pals? Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig in as we look at the beneficial roles these critters play in our daily lives. Students learn about how some invertebrates aid in decomposition and create soil. Handle earthworms, magnify a snail, and get a closer look at live detritivores.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: earthworms, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, millipedes, and/or snails.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: K.2a,c, 1.2a

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  • Fur, Feathers, Scales, or Exoskeletons
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    Fur, Feathers, Scales, or Exoskeletons

    Explore the coverings of mammals, birds, reptiles, and arthropods. Students touch and talk about similarities, differences, and functions of each type of covering, and how they aid in the survival of the animal. This class will include seeing some live animals and handling biofacts to find out about animals covered in fur, feathers, scales, and exoskeletons.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: mammal, bird, reptile, and/or invertebrates.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: K.2a,c, 1.2a

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  • Green Energy
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    Green Energy

    How do wind generators work? How to biologists and engineers work together to create a sustainable future? In this workshop we investigate how electricity is generated by harnessing the wind and the pros and cons of this method. We will explore the nuts and bolts of wind power while building and testing wind turbine propellers.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length:
    60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.California Science Standards: 3.1a-d, 4.1a,g

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  • Ice Investigators
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    Ice Investigators

    Learn about solids, liquids, and the properties of water in this “cool” program. Students will investigate frozen water balloons, make salt craters, examine bubbles and tunnels in ice, trace water flow, and view light through ice. Join us for an illuminating transformation of ice into water.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length:
    60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.

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  • Interesting Invertebrates
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    Interesting Invertebrates

    What’s the difference between an insect, “bug,” and spider? Study their unique characteristics and get a magnified view of living invertebrates and their biofacts. Join us to get a closer look at some crawling critters – they may be spineless, but they have character!

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: cockroach, millipede, and/or tarantula.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: K.2a,c, 1.2a

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  • Plant Power
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    Plant Power

    Plants gather food, battle predators, and reproduce – all while rooted in place. Study different adaptations seeds have for dispersal, make a compostable pot, and plant a seed to take with you to study in your classroom. Explore the fascinating world of plants, soil, sunlight, and seeds in the museum’s beautiful gardens.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length:
    60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: K.2a,c, 1.2a-c,e, 2.2a,e,f, 3.3a, 4.3c

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  • Predator & Prey
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    Predator & Prey

    Food is the fuel that drives life on earth. Students explore the adaptations of animals that aid in finding their food or prevent them from becoming food. Study animal skulls to determine who are herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores. Meet a live animal and assess the special adaptations that help animals compete for food resources in an ecosystem.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: reptile, raptor, and/or mammal.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: 3.3a, 4.2b, 4.3b

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  • Ramblin’ Reptiles
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    Ramblin’ Reptiles

    Reptiles have inhabited this planet for 340 million years! This program takes a focused look at some of the Museum’s amazing ectotherms. This class combines live reptile observation and the study of biofacts. Observe the locomotion of a tortoise, patterns of a snake, or the blue tongue of a skink as we study the ancestors of dinosaurs.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: desert tortoise, blue-tongued skink, bearded dragon, and/or snake.

    Available: Tuesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the workshop and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: 3.3a,e

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  • Wildlife Presentation: Animal Senses
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    Wildlife Presentation: Animal Senses

    Have you ever wondered what sound a peregrine falcon makes? Or stuck your nose in a ferret’s fur to find out what it smells like? Use your senses to get to know our Animal Ambassadors in a program specially designed to introduce young learners to animal basics. A highly visual and tactile approach encourages students to use their eyes, ears, noses, and fingertips to learn about the fundamental characteristics that define each animal they meet.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: mammal, bird, reptile, and/or invertebrates.

    Available: Wednesday or Thursday
    Program Length:
    45-60 minutes
    Minimum Students: 20
    Maximum Students: 30
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the wildlife program and $6.00/child for discounted admission.

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  • Wildlife Presentation: Catch Me if You Can
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    Wildlife Presentation: Catch Me if You Can

    Survival is every animal’s first priority—and anything goes in the natural world! Meet some of CuriOdyssey’s most fascinating creatures and prepare to discover the unusual ways they defend themselves against predators.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: mammal, bird, reptile, and/or invertebrates.

    Available: Wednesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 45-60 minutes
    Minimum Students: 20
    Maximum Students: 30
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the wildlife program and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: K.2a, 1.2a-d, 2.2c, 3.3a

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  • Wildlife Presentation: High to Low Habitats
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    Wildlife Presentation: High to Low Habitats

    Animals are everywhere, but did you know that most animals are only adapted to live in one or two different types of habitats? Make a connection between various environments and the animals that live there by getting up close with creatures equipped to endure the heat of the desert, disappear in the shadows of the forest, and thrive in unexpected places.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: mammal, bird, reptile, and/or invertebrates.

    Available: Wednesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 45-60 minutes
    Minimum Students: 20
    Maximum Students: 30
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the wildlife program and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: K.2a, 1.2a-d, 2.2c, 3.3a,b, 4.2b

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  • Wildlife Presentation: To Conserve and Protect
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    Wildlife Presentation: To Conserve and Protect

    Wild animals need resources like food, water, shelter, and space—and so do we!  Students will learn what different animals need to survive and how changes in their environment can affect them. Meet an animal that needs clean water to reproduce, a bird that has made an amazing comeback from pesticide poisoning, and a creature that has traveled a long way to live in our backyard.  Armed with newfound knowledge about local animals, students can decide for themselves what small changes they can make in their daily lives to help conserve the natural resources we all share.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: mammal, bird, reptile, and/or invertebrates.

    Available: Wednesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Minimum Students: 20
    Maximum Students: 30
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the wildlife program and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: 3.3c-e, 4.2b

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  • Wildlife Presentation: What’s on the Menu?
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    Wildlife Presentation: What’s on the Menu?

    In nature, eating is just as important as not getting eaten! Explore the adaptations that allow animals to serve in their individual niches by seeing them in action. Students will learn about tooth structure in mammalian herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, be introduced to a tiny but essential detritivore, and experience a live animal feeding.

    Animal Ambassadors vary and may include: mammal, bird, reptile, and/or invertebrates.

    Available: Wednesday or Thursday
    Program Length: 45-60 minutes
    Minimum Students: 20
    Maximum Students: 30
    Fee: $10.50/student at CuriOdyssey or at your site.
    The fee for the program at CuriOdyssey includes $4.50/child for the wildlife program and $6.00/child for discounted admission.
    California Science Standards: 1.2a-d, 3.3a, 4.2a-c, 6.5c

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