Top Toys of 2018 List

The DoSeum Store is more than a toy shop, and definitely more fun than just any museum gift shop. It’s worth a visit this December, with its broad selection of science kits, books, educational games, crafts, and knowledgeable staff who are enthusiastic and informed about every item in stock. Plus, 100% of store purchases go to our DoSeum For All fund, which pays for admission to The DoSeum, camp scholarships, and Field Experiences for kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to... Read More
at Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Q&A with Chris Navarro, Dir. of Partnerships & Community Programs

Serving Students with Learning Limitations   Q: First, what is your experience in teaching? Your experience teaching kids who are learning disabled? A: I am a certified teacher with over ten years of formal education experience in middle and high school classrooms teaching theatre arts, GED, digital communication, and English. I received training in working with students with special needs as part of my ongoing professional development while a formal educator. In 2006,... Read More
at Monday, November 19, 2018

Is Gratitude Key For a Happy Child?

Every child wants to be liked by their peers. Every parent wants their child to do well in school, have good manners, and be happy. Who would have thought that by teaching gratitude, you could do it all? Psychologist Jeffrey  Froh’s research,  as well as many other studies published in the past decade, show a rainbow of benefits for kids who develop a deep sense of gratitude. These benefits are tangible. “We know that grateful kids are happier [and] more satisfied... Read More
at Monday, November 12, 2018

The Season of Sharing Is Upon Us

With Halloween approaching fast, you might be anticipating the seasonal candy skirmishes that erupt in the fall. These scenes go something like this: you team up with another family to go trick-or-treating and, by the end of the night, several kids are in tears because Kid A won’t share his/her loot and, in retaliation, Kid B has stolen the first one’s candy. Or something along those lines. Maybe your little one is just old enough to walk the block in her favorite Disney outfit,... Read More
at Thursday, October 11, 2018

Q&A with DoSeum CEO Dan Menelly

This month we're happy to introduce you to veteran science teacher and The DoSeum CEO, Dan Menelly. His 20 years in the public, independent, and international classrooms gave him tons of experience and insight into the profession. Here's a few words from Dan on starting a new year, keeping your teaching fresh, and facing challenges. Q: What's a great way to start the new school year? A: Face the year with optimism and try to arrive rested and ready. Watch and listen to young... Read More
at Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Defeat Brain Drain This School Year

Do you ever feel ambushed moving through the technological minefield of the 21st century? For example, you open your computer to check your work email, and in another tab a Facebook message pops up from an old friend who you haven’t heard from in awhile. You send a quick hello in response. On your way back to your work email, you glance through your personal email and are reminded of a baby shower this weekend, and that sends you digging for one of those online-only Bed, Bath, &... Read More
at Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How-To-Do 3 Projects with Artist-in-Residence Calder Kamin

Recycling champion and DoSeum artist-in-residence Calder Kamin sees waste as creative treasure. In her world, discarded grocery bags breath new life as colorful flowers and animal friends. Ancient (ok, from the 90s) keyboards, phones, and CDs become jewels in a masterpiece. Take a walk through Calder’s electronic-studded Time Machine Tunnel on display now as a part of the Dream Tomorrow Today exhibit, and you’ll see new possibilities for single-use plastics. “Nature's... Read More
at Wednesday, August 1, 2018

12 Ways to Slip the Summer Slide

Summer camp, sleepovers, movies, friends, stargazing, swimming pools, road trips, video games, family: a few of the things that make summer special to children. Nearly no parent wants to add homework, study, or math practice to the mix. (Can you imagine what would’ve happened if one of the separated identical twins from The Parent Trap were forced to go to summer school instead of summer camp? Say good-bye to that sweet family reunion!) Yet this fall, many students will return to school... Read More
at Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Kids Inspire a Brighter San Antonio at The DoSeum’s Tricentennial Exhibit

The  Dream Tomorrow Today   exhibit, opening June 2 at  The DoSeum , invites kids to enter an exciting future where they’re the ones calling the shots. In this project developed with help from the San Antonio community, children fast forward to learn vital skills and engage in the coolest thought experiment for all ages—the future! Kids will explore their near reality in this high-tech, immersive exhibit and, of course, practice building a better future now. ... Read More
at Monday, June 4, 2018

Thank Your Teacher with Educator’s Month at The DoSeum

Thank Your Teacher with Educator’s Month at The DoSeum If you are a teacher or know a teacher, you know when the calendar turns to May, there’s a big change. As an educator, you become aware that many days in this month will be “lasts” with your students and that summer break is right around the corner. May signals relief, dread, nostalgia, joy, pride and many emotions in between. You’ve spent the past 9 months cultivating relationships, encouraging growth,... Read More
at Monday, May 14, 2018

Maker Workshops

Maker Workshops at The DoSeum Step into the Maker Workshops at The DoSeum, and you may be surprised to see an 8-year-old boy wielding a power drill, constructing the base to his Rube Goldberg machine. Jaden, the boy with the drill, is a regular at Maker Workshops. He, alongside seven other makers, are learning how to safely use a handsaw and drill, how to incorporate levers and pulleys into their contraption, and how to draft a design. Then there’s the other aspects of becoming a... Read More
at Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The DoSeum's Take on Early Childhood Education

The DoSeum’s Take on Early Childhood Education Early childhood development—that critical time between birth and five years old— has recently taken center stage in local and national discussions. (See posts by the Rivard Report and New York Times ) Thanks to research made in the past few decades, we know more about this golden window of development and its long-term impact on cognitive and social abilities. So far, we know that by age three, a child has twice the... Read More
at Wednesday, March 7, 2018

February Greetings From The DoSeum

February Greetings From The DoSeum and a Story to Warm Your Heart In January the Serrentino family from Sugarland, Texas visited San Antonio for two reasons: first, to get their son’s annual heart scan, and second, to celebrate his good health with a trip to The DoSeum. Their post-doctor-appointment Doseum day has become something of a family tradition, and today, Jackson is a beaming three-year-old boy with no sign of the dangerous heart defects that troubled him as a newborn. ... Read More
at Monday, February 5, 2018

2017: A Year of Growth

2017: A YEAR OF GROWTH 2017 was a year of growth for The DoSeum. Not only did we bring in a new STEM exhibit (Science Fiction, Science Future), present digital-age guru Randi Zuckerberg for the annual Outside the Lunchbox talk, host four smashing ReDo events, celebrate our millionth guest, and offer a month of complimentary admission to Hurricane Harvey victims…The DoSeum also expanded its partnership with San Antonio Independent School District and provided even more engaging,... Read More
at Thursday, January 11, 2018

Maker Fashion DIY

  Maker Fashion DIY DIY Project: Duct tape pouch with zipper   This week we’re taking a look at Maker Fashion Camp, a STEM-focused camp taught by Gladys Hernandez, one of our program educators. In this camp, kids utilize their skills and creativity to become a “maker”, someone who can take something from scratch and turn it into a product that can be used. Maker Fashion gives campers a chance to tap into their creativity and create pieces... Read More
at Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cardboard Camp DIY

  Cardboard Camp DIY DIY Project: 3-D House Did you know that you can create your own city in The DoSeum? You can! In our Megalopolis exhibit you get to choose where you want different buildings to go. It is this exhibit that serves as the inspiration for a project in Cardboard Camp, where campers collaborate to construct a miniature city. Additionally, kids do activities that revolve around making two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces. The class is taught by Orlando... Read More
at Friday, July 15, 2016

Week of the Young Child Series (5 of 5)

  Little Doers Blog 1 Mad Scientist, Pop Art by Little Doers early childhood educators, Lindsey Payne and Kathy Jordan   Tired of the same old crayon and paper activities? Need some “Pop” in your art? Try enjoying the outdoors while creating some exciting art! Grab those old film canisters, water, paint, and some Alka- Seltzer tablets from the medicine cabinet, for a fun open-ended artistic creation. The DoSeum and the Little Doers preschool are committed... Read More
at Friday, April 15, 2016

Week of the Young Child Series (4 of 5)

  Inspiring Curiosity and Inquiry in Nature by Chelsea Martinez   Spring is here along with all of the plants and critters that are popping up around San Antonio!  Along with spring comes the most perfect weather for outdoor activities. Why not pack up a picnic with your child and await the critters as they help themselves to the leftover crumbs? Curiosity and inquiry about living things are natural to young children as they explore the outdoors. With this mini... Read More
at Thursday, April 14, 2016

Week of the Young Child Series (3 of 5)

  The More We Get Together by Sarah Connell “Angel made my morning,” my colleague confessed yesterday. “He laid down on the floor and poured beans on his face.” No, it was not the point of the lesson she had designed. It was exactly what Angel needed at the moment, though, and she was happy to facilitate. That is what the Early Childhood Education team is about at The DoSeum. "Their mother had been hesitant to let Andrew attend the class... Read More
at Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Week of the Young Child Series (2 of 5)

Scientific Inquiry and Sensory Exploration by Cheryl Viera Sometimes we may not want our kids to get dirty or make a mess, but keep in mind those messes may be the first investigations of a future engineer or the first journal of a future author or illustrator! It all begins with sensory experiences where children have opportunities investigate and observe their world through touching, smashing, squishing, digging, pouring, and poking. I’ve observed caregivers standing in awe... Read More
at Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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