School aNd Group Visits

Museum Field Trips

Workshops and Group Tours:
Preschool – Grade 5

Exciting new in-person, STEAM-powered tours and workshops for grades PreK – 5 are now available for booking for fall 2022.
Click here for virtual workshop options!

Interested in booking group experiences?
Email schoolsandgroups@steppingstonesmuseum.org or
call Carolyn Volz at 203 899 0606, ext. 208

An indian boy and a white girl using brushes to dust off a fossil

Tours

Experience an award-winning children’s museum that provides hands-on exhibits for students. Enter a wacky and whimsical time machine for DINO-mite fun in Big Adventures: Dinosaurs; get wet while investigating hydro, wind, and solar power in Energy Lab®; check in on the latest and greatest light gadgets and innovations in Lights On! and go live in a kid-powered network of fun with Studio K!

Email schoolsandgroups@steppingstonesmuseum.org or call Carolyn Volz at 203 899 0606, ext. 208 to book for fall 2022.

Self-Guided Tours:

$200 per class
90 minutes
Preschools up to 20 students, 4 adults
Grades K – 5 up to 25 students, 5 adults
Free admission for adults at a 1:5 ratio
Additional museum time, $1 per additional student, per hour

Guided Tours:

$225 per class
90 minutes
Preschools up to 20 students, 4 adults
Grades K – 5 up to 25 students, 5 adults
Free admission for adults at a 1:5 ratio
Additional museum time, $1 per additional student, per hour

In-Person Workshops

Add a STEAM-related workshop to your guided or self-guided museum tour! Our workshops are aligned with national frameworks and educational standards. Let Stepping Stones inspire and support you throughout the year! Email schoolsandgroups@steppingstonesmuseum.org or call Carolyn Volz at 203 899 0606, ext. 208 to add a workshop to your museum tour booking for fall 2022.

In-Museum Workshops:

$100 per class, limit one class per workshop
45 minutes
Preschools: up to 20 students, 4 adults
Grades K – 5: up to 25 students, 5 adults

Traveling Workshops:

$200 per program, plus travel fee
45 minutes
Preschools: up to 20 students
Grades K – 5: up to 25 students

Can’t make it to the museum, we’ll come to you!

In-Person Workshop Descriptions

Playing Around with Sound (PreK)
Sound is all around! Explore the sounds we hear and can make using our own bodies, different materials and how to manipulate pitch, dynamics and tempo to create a soundscape.

CT-ELDS: C.60.1, C.60.8, SE.60.6, CA.60.1, CA.60.2, CA.60.3, CA.60.4, S.60.2

NYSPLS: PK.AL.1, PK.AL.3, PK.AL.4, PK.AC.4, PK.SCI.3, PK.ARTS.8, PK.ARTS.9

Seeing Sound (K – 2)
Students are asked to ponder how sound is made and whether or not it can be seen or heard. They investigate these questions as they explore the connection between sound and vibration through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

NGSS: PS4.A, PS4.C, LS1.A, LS1.D, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

Catch the Sound Wave (3 – 5)
Let’s make waves! Investigate how sound is produced, travels through various mediums and is used in communication. Then, enter a world of sound much bigger than what meets our ears.

NGSS: PS4.A, PS4.C, LS1.A


Flying Contraptions 1.0 (PreK – K)
Creativity soars as young engineers test out various materials in flight using wind tunnels and design their very own flying contraptions.

CT-ELDS: C.60.1, C.60.6, C.60.7, C.60.8, C.60.16, SE. 60.16, SE 60.17, SE.60.18, CA.60.5, M.60.9, S.60.2, S.60.4, S.60.6, S.60.12

NYSPLS: PK.AL.1, PK.AL.2, PK.AL.3, PK.AL.4, PK.AL.5, PK.AC.4, PK.SCI.1, PK.SCI.2, PK.SCI.10, PK.SCI.11, PK.SCI.12

Flying Contraptions 2.0 (K – 2)
Young engineers tap into their own creativity and curiosity as they test out different materials in flight using wind tunnels and design their very own flying contraptions.

NGSS: PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.C, LS1.A, PS1.A, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

Power Play (3 – 5)
The sun, wind and water are powerful energy sources! Explore the importance of these renewable resources through inquiry-based activities; investigating how energy can be harnessed and transformed to meet our energy needs.

NGSS: ESS3.A, ESS3.C, PS3.B, PS3.D, ETS1.A


Dinosaurs: Teeth to Tails (PreK – K)
There’s more to dinosaurs than large teeth and scaly tails! Explore all of the fascinating attributes of both common and unusual dinosaurs, including some that once called Connecticut home!

CT-ELDS: C.60.14, L.60.1, L.60.5, L.60.8, L.60.10, CA.60.5, S.60.7, S.60.9

NYSPLS: PK.AL.1, PK.AL.2, PK.AL.3, PK.AL.4, PK.AL.5, PK.AC.4, PK.SCI.4, PK.SCI.5, PK.SOC.6

Meet the Dinosaurs (K – 2)
Junior paleontologists unearth the past and uncover a new appreciation and understanding of dinosaurs; their classification, unique adaptations and how they relate to living animals today.

NGSS: ESS1.C, LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D

Fossil Detectives (3 – 5)
Students become investigators as they explore the clues fossils reveal about the past, including how our region looked before the first people arrived. Their discoveries help them piece together the past while learning more about our present.

NGSS: ESS1.C, LS1.A, LS2.C, LS2.D, LS3.B, LS4.A, LS4.B


On-site Only
Let It Shine 1.0 (PreK – K)
Through games and guided exploration, young explorers have fun playing with light, shadows and color, while learning how light interacts with transparent, translucent, opaque, colored and reflective materials.

CT-ELDS: C.60.1, C.60.5, C.60.7, C.60.8, L.60.1, L.60.4, L.60.6, S.60.2, S.60.4, S.60.12, CA.60.5, SE. 60.16, SE.60.18

NYSPLS: PK.AL.1, PK.AL.2, PK.AL.3, PK.AL.4, PK.AL.5, PK.AC.4, PK.MATH.12, PK.MATH.14, PK.MATH.15

On-site Only
Let it Shine 2.0 (K – 2)
Through games and guided exploration, young learners have fun playing with light, shadows and color, while learning how light interacts with transparent, translucent, opaque, colored and reflective materials.

NGSS: PS1.A, PS3.B, PS4.B

On-site Only
Rainbow Workshop (3 – 5)
Students enjoy exploring how and why rainbows form as they learn about refraction and color mixing through activities and demonstrations that are sure to inspire wonder.

NGSS: PS1.A, PS3.A, PS3.B, PS4.B


Ramps and Rollers (PreK – K)
Explore cause-and-effect, forces and motion by designing a mini-golf hole, bowling alley and race course that overcome exciting engineering challenges.

CT-ELDS: C.60.1, C. 60.3, C.60.5, C.60.6, C.60.7, SE. 60.16, SE. 60.18, M.60.9, M.60.10, S. 60.2, S.60.10, S. 60.11

NGSS: PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.C, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

NYSPLS: PK.AL.1, PK.AL.2, PK.AL.3, PK.AL.4, PK.AL.5, PK.AC.4, PK.MATH.10, PK.SCI.2, PK.SCI.10, PK.SCI.11, PK.SCI.12

Kinetic Contraptions (K – 5)
Let’s get the ball rolling in this playful investigation of chain reactions, force, motion and gravity. Students work in groups to design a unique, never-before-seen, marble machine!

NGSS: PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.A, PS3.C, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

Roller Coasters (3 – 5)
Students are in for a ride with this exciting exploration of energy, gravity, momentum and velocity. Through the engineering and design process, they create roller coasters and have fun testing them out.

NGSS: PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.A, PS3.C, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C


Remarkable Robots 1.0 (K – 2)
Participants direct Bee-Bot® forward, backward, left and right as they guide it along a path. By creating and testing programs, this remarkable robot helps students understand cause-and-effect and directional language as they practice problem-solving and early programming skills.

NGSS: ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

CCSS: Math.1.MD.1

CSTA K–12 Standards: 1A-AP-08, 1A-AP-10, 1A-AP-11, 1A-AP-14

Remarkable Robots 2.0 (3 – 5)
Participants design, build and program their own robots using motors and sensors. By creating sequences and programs to meet specific needs, students develop engineering skills that boost their understanding of programming.

NGSS: ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

CSTA K–12 Standards: 1B-AP-10, 1B-AP-11, 1B-AP-15, 1B-AP-16


Wonder Wheels (K – 2)
Simple machines make life a lot less complicated! Let’s start with the wheel. Through hands-on exploration, students learn about the many uses of wheels and then use them to design their own simple machines.

NGSS: PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.C, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C

Circuit Makers (3 – 5)
Charge up your students with this exploration of electricity! So much of our everyday lives are dependent upon it, but have we stopped to learn how it all works? Students explore the different types and components of a circuit, and then design their own!

NGSS: PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.A, PS3.B, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C


Light Magic (3–5)
There is more to seeing than meets the eye! Investigate how light helps us to see, perceive reality and how our eyes and brain work together to detect color.  This light-inspired magic show will help young learners to see the world in a new light. 

NGSS: PS1.A, PS3.A, PS3.B, PS4.B, LS1.A, LS1.B