The DoSeum is San Antonio's only museum just for children where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering, instead of just looking and listening.
The DoSeum has secret missions and only Pint Sized Spies can solve the case! Students and their teachers will complete missions with the guidance of our own Master Spies in our Spy Training rooms and Spy Academy. ‘Agent Recruits’ will be sent on fun and educational missions, using skills such as comparing weights, describing attributes of objects, and creating patterns. Through dramatic play, they will engage in hands-on mathematics learning with their teachers and chaperones to become ‘Master Agents.’
Tackle early literacy with your students in a way that engages the whole class together. Students will build on their natural ability to use their imaginations and creativity to bring story ideas to light. During this experience, students, teachers, and chaperones alike will participate in collaborative story-making to create basic elements of a story including character, character feelings, setting, and events. Once story elements come together, the group will engage in an interactive read aloud of their “published” work. Keep the inspiration going with a visit to Imagine It! Gallery and other galleries as a part of your experience.
Students will explore and discover their emerging STEM skills as they take on the role of engineers in several building challenges. Budding engineers will ask and answer questions about their designs and practice mathematical concepts, such as recognizing and comparing weights, heights, and lengths. As they approach real world scenarios, students will utilize parts of the engineering design process to solve problems alongside their peers and teachers.
Can you spot the bot? In Spot the Bot, students are invited to enter the realm of bots and learn all about the parts, purposes, and complexities of robotics. Students will meet and interact with our friendly local bot, Baxter, who will serve as an ambassador to an understanding of how bots work and how we can use them. Students will then apply what they have learned about bots to sketch their own bot, articulating the parts, purposes, and complexities. As a team, students will also have the opportunity to program a bot fit for their age.
In Energy Explorers, kids will explore various exhibits at The DoSeum that focus on force, motion, and energy. In the exhibits, kids will complete challenges that engage them in the process of discovering how energy affects different objects, exists in many forms, and is a part of everyday life. Kids will then apply what they have learned about energy to sketch their own energy-based device and build it in our Energy Lab!
In I Spy Solutions, young mathematicians will enter The DoSeum as novice spies and leave as master agents. With the support of their chaperones and teachers, these recruits will explore different spaces in The DoSeum’s indoor and outdoor galleries to solve problems given a scenario or clue. After navigating the challenges in the Spy Training Room and completing the Spy Obstacle Course to prove their math skills, these novices will become DoSeum Spy Agents.
Dive into watercolor investigations highlighting primary and secondary color blending. Journey into manipulating colors to discover their different properties. Combine the sheer joy of painting and exploring color through different workshop activities. Enjoy watching your students transition from the hands-on activities to sharing their observations, reinforcing what you’ve taught them in the classroom. Travel to our Sensations Studio gallery where colors will never look the same again!
All children are great storytellers. During My Hero Journey, our DoSeum facilitators will introduce the My Hero Journey exhibit and guide students through its process of story creation. The step-by-step process includes an introduction to key story elements such as character, setting, conflict, and resolution, which students can choose alongside their teacher. After building a story as a class, students will individually draft a storyboard for their own hero’s journey; selecting from a new set of characters, settings, and conflicts, and formulating their own solutions to their story’s main conflict. Students will take their storyboards with them as a guide to writing their complete story in their classroom.
Immerse your students in the world of urban planning during City Builders! Students will be challenged to put on their hard hats and solve real-world geography, economic, and government issues. Classes will be guided through different workshops strengthening and building upon prior knowledge of Social Studies concepts in the unique settings of eXplore! and Innovation Station galleries. Teachers are encouraged to put on their own hard hats and collaborate with our educators to help present problems relevant to their own students. Through critical thinking, decision making, and reflection, students will walk away with a framework for a successful and sustainable city.
How is sound energy created? In what ways can you see and feel sound? Students will experience and grasp these concepts during Sound Science. Exploring the components of sound, students will see, feel, and harness its energy during a musical maker workshop. Stopping to listen to all the sounds around them will inspire students to make their own instruments after having experienced sound energy in the Sensations Studio gallery.
Lights…Camera…DoSeum! In DoNews Live!, students will play the role of investigative journalists, collecting and recording information while actively engaging with STEM-based exhibits. They will use the information collected from their investigations to report LIVE! For their peers, teachers, and chaperones. They will then take their reports back to the classroom to expand their reporting in an expository writing project.
In Operation Calculation, young mathematicians will enter The DoSeum as novice spies and leave as master agents. With the support of their chaperones and teachers, these recruits will explore different spaces in The DoSeum’s indoor and outdoor galleries to solve problems given a scenario or clue. After navigating the challenges in the Spy Training Room and completing the Spy Obstacle Course to prove their math skills, these novices will become DoSeum Spy Agents.