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! In Story Builder, teachers select a book from a list to set a theme for their story building activity. Before their visit to The DoSeum, the classes are encouraged to read the selected story. During the visit, students participate in an interactive read aloud of the book, and will be given opportunities to step into the story. Students may play a role with a specific character prop or help the reader make meaning of repeated phrases from the story by activing them out. After reading, the class comes together to create their own version of the story. Each student will contribute a line in the story by illustrating characters, settings, or actions to be compiled into a book for their own classrooms.
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.
Explorers wanted! In Energy Explorers, students will explore various exhibits at The DoSeum focused on particular energy types. Through energy-based challenges, students will observe how objects and systems are affected by energy. They will learn about energy input and output through interacting with objects using potential and kinetic energies. Applying what they have learned, students will sketch their own energy-based device and create 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.