STEAM EVENTS

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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT A STEAM EVENT WITH THE MUSE

What is a STEAM Night?
Up to two hours of programming, including 5 different activities showing the integrated learning that occurs through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). 

Includes:
  • Up to two hours of programming for up to about 150 students
  • 5 different STEAM activities
  • Muse staff educators
  • Training for volunteers 30 minutes before your event
  • Coupon for one free child admission to The Muse (with paid adult) for each child attending
  • Cost: $350 (additional charge for mileage outside of Knox County)

To schedule:
  • Choose first and second choice dates for your event
  • Choose 5 activities, making sure to choose one from each aspect of STEAM, but not required (or let us choose for you).
  • Email info@themuseknoxville.org with your choices and an estimate of the number of attendees and grade level(s).
  • Identify at least 10 volunteers to facilitate activities. Volunteers should report 30 minutes early.
  • Arrange for a location. We have worked in school gyms, cafeterias, hallways, and classrooms. Each activity needs at least one table.
  • Invite families! This fillable PDF FLYER is free to use.

Activity Options:
  • Microscopy (S-T): Use digital microscopes to take a look at seasonal objects from nature.
  • Static Electricity (S-T): Explore forces caused by static charges with our Van de Graaff generator! (Works best in winter.)
  • Electricity and Electromagnets (S-E): Construct an electromagnet from simple materials and experiment with simple circuits.
  • Galaxy Dough (S-A): Hands-on sculpting activity with sparkly dough the color of deep space.
  • Inventing with Electronics using littleBits (S-T-E): Invent something with magnetic circuit kits.
  • Marshmallow Engineering (E-A-M): What can you build with simple engineering materials?
  • Lego Challenge (E-A-M): Use color, size, and pattern guidelines to build a lego tower. Best for grades K-3.
  • Catapults (S-T-E): Use sticks and rubber bands to launch a projectile.
  • Circle Art (A-M): Experience the geometry of circles using a variety of tools and art materials.
  • Constellations (S-A): Create a constellation art piece.
  • Seasonal Symmetry (S-A-M): Study symmetrical images from nature and make symmetrical art.
  • Honeycomb Collaboration (S-A-M): Explore the structure of honeycombs in this community building project.
  • Pumpkin Math (S-T-M): Use tools to measure, weigh, and observe your favorite pumpkin. Can you guess the circumference? (Fall)
  • Ozobots (S-T-E-A): These little robots respond to a color-coded language that kids can draw.
  • Binary Code Bracelets (T-A-M): Use binary code to make a bracelet that represents your intials.
  • Plasma Globe (S-T-A): Lightning, Neon, Northern Lights? Investigating the fourth state of matter.
  • Surface Tension (S-M): How many drops of water will fit on a penny? A quarter?
  • BUZZ about Coding (S-T-E-M): Explore the basics of robotics and coding with Bee-Bot! Best for grades PreK-2.
  • Refractometry (S-T-M): Measure plant juices to determine the sugar ratio of the plant, and how it might be used as a biofuel.
  • Weight & Balance (S-T-M): Predict and experiment with two-pan balances and a variety of objects.
  • Seasonal Art and Games (varies): Let us choose a seasonal activity for you!

Add-Ons
  • STARLAB Portable Planetarium - Add $300. Accommodates up to 24 people. Up to 3 demonstrations in 2 hours.
  • Extra activity from the list above - Add $50 and two volunteers
  • Extra Muse staff - Varies. Please call at least one month in advance if you are unable to provide sufficient volunteer facilitators.
  • Extra supplies for more than 150 students - Varies. Please call for information.​​
Check out some great moments from our STEAM Nights!  

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