Predator Showdown

Grades 9-12 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

Encounter the largest dinosaurs, mosasaurs, crocodiles and pterosaurs of the prehistoric world.  There is a top predator in every ecosystem. Discover the top predators of the Deep Ocean, Coastal Marsh, Encroaching Sea and Dry River Valley of the Cretaceous Period. Students will investigate the role of predators in maintaining balance in the ecosystems of ancient environments. Science (Biology) – 2 E, F, G, H; 3 A; 7 A, B, C, D, E; 8 A, B, C; 10 C; 11 B; 12 A, B, C, F

Nature’s Network

Grades 9-12 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

Find your place in the food web. Animal relationships are fundamental to the success of ecosystems. This program challenges students to understand how every living and non-living thing is connected on the planet by focusing on symbiotic, taxonomic and trophic systems. Science (Biology) – 2 E, F, G, H; 3 A; 7 C, D, E, F; 8 A, B, C; 11 A, B, C, D; 12 A, B, C, F

Environmental Ethics

Grades 9-12 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Delve into environmental ethics and land stewardship. What role do environmental ethics play in a building project? Be prepared to debate with your classmates over a complex issue during a “town hall” meeting to determine if a new construction project is right for the different interest groups in your simulated community. Science (Environmental Systems) – 2 E, F, G, H, I, K; 3 A, E; 4 D, F, G, H; 5 A, B, D, E; 6 B; 7 C, D; 8 A, B, C; 9 A, E, F, G, I

Fantastic Forces

Grades 6-12 (Maximum 150 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Explore how things move! Follow in Newton’s footsteps and observe the pull/push of gravity and the Three Laws of Motion. Students will predict and explain natural forces, pressure, and objects in motion. Science – I.3 A; I.4 C, D

Reactions in Action

Grades 6-12 (Maximum 150 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Make a change – it’s all about chemistry! Students will identify physical and chemical changes while observing dynamic demonstrations that explore some of the indicators of chemical change. Science – I.1 A; I.3 A; I.7 D; C.1 A; C.3 A; C.4 A

Parabolic Projectiles

Grades 9-12 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

How fast? How high? From spears to rockets, mathematical formulas describe and predict the motion of moving objects. Students will get hands-on with math, separating the horizontal and vertical motion of projectiles as they apply algebra formulas to real-world physics. Math – A.1 A, B, C, D, F, E, G; A.6 B, C; A.7 A; 2A.1 A, B, C, D, E, F; 2A.8 C; 2A.4 A, B; 2.A6 I, H, J;

Dignity of Work

Grades K-12  (Maximum 30 students) 

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Focus on the life skills and character traits that were needed to settle and develop 19th century Texas.  Examine artifacts, art and photographs from the Witte Collection at the South Texas Heritage Center.

Choose one of the interactive program threads below:

  • The Freighter-
    Identify how the landscape influenced the exchange of goods and luxury items by investigating the role of the freighter in 19th century Texas.
  • South Texans at Work-
    Examine historic photographs and artifacts to identify the different types of work and skills needed by men, women and children in 19th century Texas. Students also explore the value of work and how it contributed to the settlement of South Texas. –
  • Trail Drive!-
    Make connections through art, artifacts and specimens to follow the evolution of longhorns from wild beasts to contemporary icons and the hard, dangerous work of the trail drives that turned cattle into money.
  • Water Where You Want It-
    Compare and explore ways water was collected, diverted and pumped from the land. Students will experience transporting water on their shoulders and interact with the power of water as they divert and move water in an acequia.