Thanks to a generous grant from Con Edison for a fourth year, the Museum is able to provide middle school students free STEM lessons during the 2020-2021 school year.
The lessons are presented by the Staten Island Museum’s education science staff and Staten Island MakerSpace, a local provider of STEAM programs. Please check back or contact the Museum for the 2020-2021 availability.
You may choose from the lessons below:
Extinction: Then and Now
From dinosaurs, trilobites and mastodons to passenger pigeons, coral and horseshoe crabs, learn about what causes extinction and what can we do to help animals that are endangered and threatened.
In this hands-on investigation, students will explore a variety of rock and mineral specimens as they observe, describe, compare, and classify based on physical properties. Students will use balances to compare weights, explore density and utilize the Mohs Hardness Scale to experiment with hardness. Students will have hands-on access to definitive specimens of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock from the Museum’s collection.
Our “Green” Building
How does Staten Island’s first LEED Gold certified museum save energy and resources? Go on a guided scavenger hunt around the Museum to identify some of the key features that make our historic building “green.” Play a team-based game to explore the hidden energy costs behind everyday products.
Have you ever watched a pinwheel spinning in the wind? The stronger the force and speed of the wind the faster the pinwheel turns. Weather forecasters use a similar instrument known as the cup anemometer to measure the speed of the wind. The anemometer is one of the instruments included in a weather station. Students will explore and learn about weather-related themes then make their own anemometer and weathervane.
Please contact the Susan Hogan for more information or to book a class at 718.727.1135.