Can Your Mind Come Out to Play?™

Now more than ever we need to work together and introduce students of all ages to fun and learning in new ways!

During this unprecedented time of dealing with Covid-19 Children's Museum Houston must remain closed to the public, but want to keep minds going! We remain committed to providing critical education tools that parents and teachers can use at home through our Daily Virtual Learning activities.  Everyday we have a line up of LIVE activities to engage, inspire and educate children.

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What School Leaders Should Know

Our exhibits and programs are designed by teams of former classroom teachers, disciplinary experts, and exhibit fabricators. Each exhibit is aligned with TEKS by grade. Those alignments are provided here so teachers can plan their experiences based on their classroom objectives.

TEKS-Aligned Experiences

Each exhibit is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) school standards for six school subject areas. We believe that children learn best when they have opportunities to explore concepts in various ways.

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English and Reading

Chevron Maker Annex

Chevron Maker Annex workshops introduce various engineering concepts including everything from electricity to structural integrity. After an interactive lesson, students are challenged to create products based on a prompt, which encourages learning through self-exploration. Maker Annex offers a variety of flexible opportunities for Focus Tours. Find out more and schedule your group for a Chevron Maker Annex Focus Tour.

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Cyberchase—The Chase is On!

Cyberchase demonstrates that math is a tool we can use to solve everyday problems and problem solving can be done using many different strategies. The components in this exhibit focus on using place value, patterns, geometry, algebra, probability and fractions to help children and visitors solve problems in an investigative, positive environment. Practicing this math and problem solving helps boost self-confidence and helps kids realize that math is all around us-- they may just not know it yet!

View Full TEKS Alignment List

EcoStation

EcoStation is all about how everything in the ecosystem is connected. It features primarily native plants and animals that thrive together in a living ecosystem. EcoStation is designed to develop an understanding of the environment, to foster a commitment to behaviors that support it through hands-on opportunities and learn how their decisions influence its welfare.

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Flint Hills Resources Genius Station

Genius Station features a team of incredibly diverse backgrounds, special interests, and unique experiences in both formal and informal education. Contact us for advice on creative ways to introduce a particular concept in your classroom, or help in creating extension opportunities that give your students access to science beyond the classroom.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea

Heart and Seoul allows students to discover the ways their lives are similar to Korean children and ways they are different. Featuring many aspects of Korean culture including folktales, traditional ceremonies and customs, language, music, geography, and technology, this exhibit was developed alongside local Korean-Americans, academics from universities around North America, and families in South Korea.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

How Does It Work?

How Does it Work? provides excellent opportunities to explore TEKS-related content such as forces and motion, properties and transfer of energy, and Earth and space science. In addition, the exhibit offers access to a team of science content experts, the Geeks, through Genius Station. Contact us for advice on creative ways to introduce a particular concept in your classroom, or help in creating extension opportunities that give your students access to science beyond the classroom.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Invention Convention

Invention Convention exercises kids’ problem solving and creativity as they engineer their way through design challenges like building airplanes and cars. The exhibit also provides opportunities to learn about coding and computer programming. Through creative problem solving, students develop and utilize their knowledge and skills in science, math, and social studies. Content includes properties of matter, force, motion, energy, electricity, geometry, measurement, and science and society.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Inventors’ Workshop

Inventors’ Workshop offers a new selection of activities each month focused on engineering challenges and inquiry-based exploration, providing hands-on experiences on various science topics. Inventors’ Workshop activities are STEAM experiences, incorporating science, technology, engineering, art/creativity and mathematics in various combinations.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Kidtropolis

Kidtropolis encourages kids to role-play jobs that highlight the work of city leaders, business owners, employees and citizens; earn income by working; use money in a way that models real life; and engage in trial and error to discover the importance of money management and financial planning. By taking on these roles, kids keep the city running as they participate in a sophisticated, simulated economy where they can earn and spend money on items and experiences throughout the “city.”

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Matter Factory

Matter Factory is a fantastic place for students to learn about classification of elements, chemical and physical properties of matter, and application of this knowledge to the development of tools and products that affect our every-day lives. From exploring nano-science concepts in Super Small Matter Lab, to learning the elemental composition of our bodies, Matter Factory provides many opportunities to learn something new about the chemistry of the world in which we live.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Power Science Lab

This lab focuses on the roles biology and chemistry play in our own anatomy and physiology. These 15-minute experiments follow the 5E model allowing children hands on experience in a lab. They form hypotheses, complete experiments and develop conclusions. Allowing children to play the role of a scientist gives them the ability to see themselves in that role as a profession and actively engages their curiosity; allowing them to see the science within their world every day.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Fine Arts

EcoStation

EcoStation is all about how everything in the ecosystem is connected. It features primarily native plants and animals that thrive together in a living ecosystem. EcoStation is designed to develop an understanding of the environment, to foster a commitment to behaviors that support it through hands-on opportunities and learn how their decisions influence its welfare.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Mathematics

Chevron Maker Annex

Chevron Maker Annex workshops introduce various engineering concepts including everything from electricity to structural integrity. After an interactive lesson, students are challenged to create products based on a prompt, which encourages learning through self-exploration. Maker Annex offers a variety of flexible opportunities for Focus Tours. Find out more and schedule your group for a Chevron Maker Annex Focus Tour.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Constructioneering

Constructioneering encourages kids to practice science and math skills while exploring an exhibit filled with hands-on experiments and demonstrations like building geodesic domes, calculating breaker box ratings, and using 3D CAD design. Some science topics include properties of matter, force, electricity, and earthquakes. Merged with them are mathematical topics focused on geometry, measurement, operations and algebraic reasoning.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Cyberchase—The Chase is On!

Cyberchase demonstrates that math is a tool we can use to solve everyday problems and problem solving can be done using many different strategies. The components in this exhibit focus on using place value, patterns, geometry, algebra, probability and fractions to help children and visitors solve problems in an investigative, positive environment. Practicing this math and problem solving helps boost self-confidence and helps kids realize that math is all around us-- they may just not know it yet!

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Invention Convention

Invention Convention exercises kids’ problem solving and creativity as they engineer their way through design challenges like building airplanes and cars. The exhibit also provides opportunities to learn about coding and computer programming. Through creative problem solving, students develop and utilize their knowledge and skills in science, math, and social studies. Content includes properties of matter, force, motion, energy, electricity, geometry, measurement, and science and society.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Kidtropolis

Kidtropolis encourages kids to role-play jobs that highlight the work of city leaders, business owners, employees and citizens; earn income by working; use money in a way that models real life; and engage in trial and error to discover the importance of money management and financial planning. By taking on these roles, kids keep the city running as they participate in a sophisticated, simulated economy where they can earn and spend money on items and experiences throughout the “city.”

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Physical Education

Challenge Course

The Challenge Course is a low ropes obstacle course made specifically for kids. It provides them with physical challenges that work on balance, strength, and endurance. It also affords an opportunity for them to push themselves to take on new challenges and risks while remaining safe in a harness.

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PowerPlay

Challenge Course utilizes heart rate monitors at each activity station to show students that human body has a physiological response to exercise. Regular exercise helps the cardiovascular system work more efficiently and has many health benefits.

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Science

Chevron Maker Annex

Chevron Maker Annex workshops introduce various engineering concepts including everything from electricity to structural integrity. After an interactive lesson, students are challenged to create products based on a prompt, which encourages learning through self-exploration. Maker Annex offers a variety of flexible opportunities for Focus Tours. Find out more and schedule your group for a Chevron Maker Annex Focus Tour.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Constructioneering

Constructioneering encourages kids to practice science and math skills while exploring an exhibit filled with hands-on experiments and demonstrations like building geodesic domes, calculating breaker box ratings, and using 3D CAD design. Some science topics include properties of matter, force, electricity, and earthquakes. Merged with them are mathematical topics focused on geometry, measurement, operations and algebraic reasoning.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

EcoStation

EcoStation is all about how everything in the ecosystem is connected. It features primarily native plants and animals that thrive together in a living ecosystem. EcoStation is designed to develop an understanding of the environment, to foster a commitment to behaviors that support it through hands-on opportunities and learn how their decisions influence its welfare.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Flint Hills Resources Genius Station

Genius Station features a team of incredibly diverse backgrounds, special interests, and unique experiences in both formal and informal education. Contact us for advice on creative ways to introduce a particular concept in your classroom, or help in creating extension opportunities that give your students access to science beyond the classroom.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

FlowWorks

FlowWorks is an interactive exhibit all about the flow, pressure, and power of water. FlowWorks is more than hands-on—it’s “hands-in,” as it requires you to dip your hands in to make it work! Dive in, develop and explore your own questions as you control and change the flow of water, test how objects respond to water, and observe the impact of water’s force and energy!

View Full TEKS Alignment List

How Does It Work?

How Does it Work? provides excellent opportunities to explore TEKS-related content such as forces and motion, properties and transfer of energy, and Earth and space science. In addition, the exhibit offers access to a team of science content experts, the Geeks, through Genius Station. Contact us for advice on creative ways to introduce a particular concept in your classroom, or help in creating extension opportunities that give your students access to science beyond the classroom.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Invention Convention

Invention Convention exercises kids’ problem solving and creativity as they engineer their way through design challenges like building airplanes and cars. The exhibit also provides opportunities to learn about coding and computer programming. Through creative problem solving, students develop and utilize their knowledge and skills in science, math, and social studies. Content includes properties of matter, force, motion, energy, electricity, geometry, measurement, and science and society.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Inventors’ Workshop

Inventors’ Workshop offers a new selection of activities each month focused on engineering challenges and inquiry-based exploration, providing hands-on experiences on various science topics. Inventors’ Workshop activities are STEAM experiences, incorporating science, technology, engineering, art/creativity and mathematics in various combinations.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Matter Factory

Matter Factory is a fantastic place for students to learn about classification of elements, chemical and physical properties of matter, and application of this knowledge to the development of tools and products that affect our every-day lives. From exploring nano-science concepts in Super Small Matter Lab, to learning the elemental composition of our bodies, Matter Factory provides many opportunities to learn something new about the chemistry of the world in which we live.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Power Science Lab

This lab focuses on the roles biology and chemistry play in our own anatomy and physiology. These 15-minute experiments follow the 5E model allowing children hands on experience in a lab. They form hypotheses, complete experiments and develop conclusions. Allowing children to play the role of a scientist gives them the ability to see themselves in that role as a profession and actively engages their curiosity; allowing them to see the science within their world every day.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Social Studies

Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea

Heart and Seoul allows students to discover the ways their lives are similar to Korean children and ways they are different. Featuring many aspects of Korean culture including folktales, traditional ceremonies and customs, language, music, geography, and technology, this exhibit was developed alongside local Korean-Americans, academics from universities around North America, and families in South Korea.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Invention Convention

Invention Convention exercises kids’ problem solving and creativity as they engineer their way through design challenges like building airplanes and cars. The exhibit also provides opportunities to learn about coding and computer programming. Through creative problem solving, students develop and utilize their knowledge and skills in science, math, and social studies. Content includes properties of matter, force, motion, energy, electricity, geometry, measurement, and science and society.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Inventors’ Workshop

Inventors’ Workshop offers a new selection of activities each month focused on engineering challenges and inquiry-based exploration, providing hands-on experiences on various science topics. Inventors’ Workshop activities are STEAM experiences, incorporating science, technology, engineering, art/creativity and mathematics in various combinations.

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Kidtropolis

Kidtropolis encourages kids to role-play jobs that highlight the work of city leaders, business owners, employees and citizens; earn income by working; use money in a way that models real life; and engage in trial and error to discover the importance of money management and financial planning. By taking on these roles, kids keep the city running as they participate in a sophisticated, simulated economy where they can earn and spend money on items and experiences throughout the “city.”

View Full TEKS Alignment List

Outreach Programs

We bring the museum to your neighborhood by partnering with a variety of community organizations including libraries and schools.

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