As schools across the country transition to online learning in response to COVID-19, the Science Museum of Western Virginia is prepared to meet the academic needs of students with diverse, research-based virtual learning strategies. Our goal is to keep students engaged with project- and inquiry-based educational experiences that target specific standards of learning.

In-Museum Programs

Combine a school field trip to the museum with a valuable learning opportunity with an in-museum program. Choose from one of our SOL-based activities which we will deliver to your class in one of our private classrooms. They will also have time to explore the museum floors and learn about a variety of STEAM subjects through their hands.

We require at least 2 weeks notice to make the necessary arrangements before your program. Please click the link below and tell us which program you would like to book.

If you have any questions, please contact us at scheduler@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

In-Person Outreach Programs

Our educators reach more students than any other organization in Western Virginia through STEAM programs that encourage critical thinking, hypothesis testing and teamwork. By booking, one of our educators will travel to your classroom and deliver an interactive and engaging hands-on activity designed to demonstrate SOL concepts to your students. 

We require at least 2 weeks notice to make the necessary arrangements before your program. Please click the link below and tell us which program you would like to book.

If you have any questions, please contact us at scheduler@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

Virtual Museum Tour

Virtual tours give students the chance to explore the museum and get a behind-the-scenes look at our Living Collections Department. The program will last approximately 60 minutes during which your class will get to meet some of our animals that call the museum home, learn tons of fascinating facts about them, and get the chance to ask questions.

We require at least 2 weeks notice to make the necessary arrangements before your program. Teachers must be present during the virtual outreach to help call on students who have questions. If you have any questions, please contact us at scheduler@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

This virtual experience offers an in-depth look at our animal life here at the museum. Students get, not only a tour of our living collections exhibit, but would also get to virtually take art in live animal demos with 3-5 animals. This option also includes discussions that go along with the Standards of Learning for each grade.


Topics that can be covered in this option:

  • Differences between living and nonliving organisms (K.6)
  • Basic needs and life processes of animals (K.7, 1.5)
  • Series of orderly changes that animals go through as they grow and develop (2.4)
  • The systems that living things are a part of and the interactions that occur (2.5, 3.5, 4.3)
  • Adaptations that allow organisms to satisfy life needs and respond to the environment (3.4)
  • The effects that human activities can have on the quality of air, water, and habitats (3.8)
  • Structures that distinguish plants and animals from one another and how those structures play vital roles in their ability to survive (4.2)

LAB Chats

SMWV LAB Chats are two-way conversations between scientists and learner groups. Each “chat” lasts approximately 45 minutes and will be hosted by an SMWV Educator. The host will introduce a regional scientist who will discuss their area of interest with students. LAB Chats seeks to cultivate talent, and promote the full inclusion of excellence across the social spectrum, helping students to understand that:

  • Scientists are regular people.
  • Scientists live nearby.
  • Scientists are diverse.

SMWV LAB Chats are intended to be conversations, not lectures. It’s essential that students prepare questions they’d like to have answered by a scientist ahead of time. Scientists should provide information about themselves and what they work on (for example, providing students with links to researcher’s web-page prior to the scheduled “chats” ) so students can prepare. Both students & scientists have the opportunity to learn from one another via conversations that reveal novel perspectives.

We require at least 2 weeks notice to make the necessary arrangements before your program. If you have any questions, please contact us at scheduler@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

Pricing Structure

Contracting school will have the price of the Outreach Program deducted from your school’s account. Non-contracting schools will have an invoice sent to the school. If you have any questions, please contact us at scheduler@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

OUTREACH PRICING

1st Presentation

2nd Presentation

Additional Presentations

CONTRACTING SCHOOLS

$125.00

$100.00

$100.00

NON-CONTRACTING SCHOOLS

$150.00

$125.00

$100.00