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Educator Program Search

Welcome to our Educator Program Search! This tool is designed to help you find the RMSC experience that best fits your needs. To begin, select your desired grade level, subject, program location, program type and/or day of the week from the dropdown menus below. Click the program title that interests you to learn more. As always, we're here to help at 585.697.1942.

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Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | Students explore the forces that have shaped Rochester in this exhibit that engages the mind and body.

At the Western Door

Permanent Exhibition

Grades K-12 | Explore 400 years of cooperation and conflict between the Seneca and Europeans in Western New York. Experience the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people and culture.

Discover Our Weather

Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | Where do clouds come from? What is a "low pressure" system, and why does it sometimes mean a rainy day? What causes lightning? Experiment with the forces behind our changeable weather. Create a forecast to present on camera in the Weather Studio.

Erie Canal Lock

Permanent Exhibition

Grades K-12 | Operate gates and valves to raise or lower the water level as you pilot a model tugboat through a series of locks as students learn the engineering and history behind how the Erie Canal helped fuel the economic growth of the nation.

Expedition Earth

Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | Travel back into deep time! Discover how earthquakes and volcanoes have helped change the land and seas, resulting in adaptation or extinction.

Green Infrastructure Showcase

Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | Green infrastructure is a cost-effective, sustainable approach to reducing stormwater runoff pollution while delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits.


Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | Imagine and discover a world you can't see! Hands-on components present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.

Under Construction: Building Careers

Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | This exhibit showcases the green technology used in the Sustainability Institute Hall (home of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability) building at RIT– from start to finish. It also highlights the careers necessary to complete the project from start to finish.

Native Peoples of the Americas

Permanent Exhibition

Grades PreK-12 | Explore the past culture of the Algonquin, Apache, Haida, Pueblo, Inuit, Haudenosaunee ("Iroquois") and Plains Indians.

Face To Face

Permanent Exhibition

Grades 1-12 | Explore the ways in which individuals and societies express themselves to the world around them through clothing, pottery, and other distinctive totemic emblems.

Flight to Freedom: Rochester’s Underground Railroad

Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | Immerse yourselves in re-created environments, first-person accounts, and hands-on experiences of the period leading up to the Civil War. Use primary documents to discover how Rochesterians fought against slavery.

Rochester Business Hall of Fame

Permanent Exhibition

Grades K-12 | Discover stories of exemplary Rochester leaders who have made outstanding, enduring contributions to business and community in the Greater Rochester region.

Old Rochester, featuring our 1838 Diorama

Permanent Exhibition

Grades 1-12 | This experience features the diorama Rochester in 1838: Young Lion of the West. Immerse yourselves in 19th century Rochester - its shops and homes and how families lived in their community differently then from now.

The Haudenosaunee

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 4-8 | Discover the rich culture-past and present - of the Haudenosaunee (hoe-dee-no-SHOW-nee) people, more commonly known as the Iroquois Confederacy.

Rochester's Underground Railroad

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 3-8 | Follow the North Star on a journey from slavery, to the doors of abolitionists, and on to freedom during this Underground Railroad Immersion Experience in our Flight to Freedom exhibition. This tour focuses on the decisions and risks taken along the way.

Animal Adaptations

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades PreK-4 | Beavers, bears and birds, oh my! Structure follows function as students explore the adaptations that abound in the animal kingdom!

Light Up the Martian City: Alternative Energy Challenge

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 2-8 | Develop a system using solar and wind energy to light up a city on a Martian landscape, even when the sun is blocked by dust storms!

Freshwater Around the World

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 5-8 | Immerse your students into an engaging experience utilizing 3-D data visualization. Observe the hydrologic cycle in action on our 5 ft. interactive globe.

Predicting Weather

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 3-8 | Immerse your students into an engaging experience utilizing 3-D data visualization. Discover the complex interactions and movement of air masses on our 5 ft. interactive globe.

Plates in Motion

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 4-8 | Immerse your students into an engaging experience utilizing 3-D data visualization. Examine earthquakes, volcanoes and seafloor structures to evaluate the theory of past plate motions.

Live Science: Liquid Nitrogen—Solids, Liquids & Gases

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 2-12 | Our coolest demonstrations, literally! This program explores temperature's effect on solids, liquids and gasses using liquid nitrogen.

Live Science: Electricity Theater

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 1-12 | Two six foot tall Tesla Coils throwing 8 foot arcs of plasma (lightning) and the arcs actually play music. Our Faraday Cage can make the day of many in attendance electrifying!

Stormy Science

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades K-3 | Investigate the connections between weather and water processes on earth.

Magnet Exploration

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 2-4 | Learn about magnetic fields and experiment with materials that are magnetic. Explore attraction and repulsion. Make magnets float.

Rocks, Fossils and More

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 1-5 | Explore fossils from the RMSC teaching collection. Sort rocks into three groups and learn about the minerals that make up rocks.

Simple Machines & Fantastic Forces

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades K-4 | Explore simple machines while experimenting with pulley systems and ramps. Learn about friction, gravity and inertia while investigating the forces of motion.

What's the Matter?

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades K-5 | Explore the states of matter by comparing and contrasting solids, liquids and gases. Do hands-on experiments about liquid density and chemical reaction. Learn about polymers and make slime to take home.

Frog Adaptations

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 3-5 | Discover the ingenious adaptations of live frogs and why they’re important.

Haudenosaunee School Days

Special Program

Grades 4 | Immerse your students in the vibrant art and culture of today's Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). Celebrate Haudenosaunee culture—past and present.

School Overnight

Special Program

Grades 3-9 | Give your class an experience they’ll never forget, a night at the museum!

Sun, Moon and Stars

Planetarium Shows

Grades K-2 | Observe the Sun’s path through the sky from east to west. After sunset, find key constellations of the season by looking for distinctive features such as Orion’s Belt. Travel to the moon, returning just in time for sunrise.

Solar System Science

Planetarium Shows

Grades 3-8 | Surrounded by the best images from recent space missions such as the New Horizons Pluto flyby projected at giant scale, students encounter the majesty, mystery and wonder of our solar system.

Self Guided Nature Walk

Self-Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

PreK - 12 | Embark on a self-guided nature walk at Cumming Nature Center!

Ecological Explorations

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades 5-10 | Collect data from field, forest and pond communities to gain insight into communities, succession, food webs, and population dynamics.

Water Monitors

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades 5-10 | This field study examines the features of clean water. Students will collect usable data on a Cumming Nature Center creek by collecting benthic macroinverebrates, performing chemical tests, measuring physical characteristics of one of the healthiest creeks in the region.

Nature Awareness

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

PreK-5 | Discover the beauty and complexity of the natural world through activities that engage all the senses.

Field Journal Journey

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades 4-9 | Explore the complexity and biodiversity of the natural world through observation and data collection using field journals.

Focus on Native Frogs

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades K-6 | This is a fun and dirty adventure that explores the amazing adaptations, lifecycle, and habit of the native frogs in our region.

Winter Ecology

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades 5-12 | January through February, examine how plants and animals adapt to winter. Hunt for tracks and other evidence of animal activity.

Maple Sugaring

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades K-12 | From the Haudenosaunee to the American pioneers, and on to modern day methods, the time-honored tradition of making maple syrup blends both history and ecology.

Introduction to Natural Communities

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades 2-5 | Explore the woods to discover how all living things are connected through food chains and the relationships between consumers, producers and decomposers.

RMSC DELIVERS: Light & Color

RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

PreK-12 | Explore how and why we see colors in this fun, interactive show. Experiment with color mixing and learn about the different kinds of primary colors.


RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

Grades 3-7 | Explore the amazing world of Polymer Chemistry in this hands-on program.

RMSC DELIVERS: Rocks and Minerals

RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

Grades 3-7 | This demonstration gives the student a hands on understanding of geology. Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks are explored.


RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

PreK-2 | This fun and interactive program will help your students to understand bats, and the important part they play in our ecosystem.


RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

PreK-2 | This very interactive program expands the students’ imagination as they learn about and “create” a fossil. Students become “paleontologists” in a mock “dig”, and then role play as dinosaurs to explore how they move, eat, and defend themselves.


RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

PreK-2 | This fun, interactive program will get your class buzzing about insects. Students will take on the role of dragonflies, bees, crickets, and other insects, as they learn about insect anatomy, eating habits, and how they communicate.

RMSC DELIVERS: Pressure & Force

RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

Grades 3-12 | Through demonstrations students will observe how pressure or the lack there of effects everything around us.

RMSC DELIVERS: Solids, Liquids and Gases

RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

Grade K-12 | Your class will thrill at the use of Liquid Nitrogen (-196° C), as they learn how temperature effects energy and changes matter from solid to liquid to gas.

RMSC DELIVERS: What's an Experiment?

RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

Grades 2-8 | Through a mix of hands-on experiments and interactive demonstrations, this chemistry program entices students to ask questions, make observations, develop theories, predict outcomes and devise a pathway to problem solving.

RMSC DELIVERS: Electricity

RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

Grades 3-12 | Your class will be electrified with hands-on experiments and demonstrations that help to explain atoms, and the role they play in electric currents.


RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site

Grades 1-12 | The question is: “What is energy?” Demonstrators guide students in exploring these different forms of energy, how they connect, and how they are used.

Animal Defense

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades 1-4 | This adventure explores the unique defense mechanisms that our local animals use to protect and defend themselves.


Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

PreK-5 | Students will discover how to tune in to nature through games and activities involving stealth and observation while practicing survival skills like shelter, fire building, woodscraft and more.

Forces of Nature

Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | Journey through the most powerful forces on the planet as students discover how incredible adaptations to the unique properties of earth, fire, air, and water enable life on our planet to survive and thrive.

Sound Bites

Permanent Exhibition

PreK-12 | Sounds are a part of our everyday lives and help us to make sense of the world around us. Experience how sound comes from vibrations – waves of energy that push tiny molecules against one another in pulses.

Climate and Our Changing Forest

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grade 5-10 | Explore how a changing climate affects flora and fauna, and collect data valuable to citizen science projects.

I See the Sky

Planetarium Shows

PreK-K | Young children learn about day and night, the Sun and moon, bright and faint stars, constellations and meteors.

Rotation and Orbits

Planetarium Shows

Grades 3-6 | Take a virtual trip from Earth’s surface into the solar system to see vividly how rotation and revolution produce the cyclical sky changes we see.

Scale of the Universe

Planetarium Shows

Grades 9-16 | Expanding our view by powers of ten, we survey the universe from human scale to the limit of the observable universe, 100 to 1026 meters. Visualizations based on real NASA data.

A Day on Pluto

Planetarium Shows

Grade 7-12 | For a fresh approach to the topics of rotation and orbits, we compare Earth to Pluto, where the day and the month are the same, eclipses can happen every three days or not at all, and seasons are extreme and last decades.

Holiday Laser

Grades K-8 | A holiday classic returns, with popular songs by Mariah Carey, Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Andy Williams, Mannheim Steamroller and others, choreographed to dancing laser light effects.

Beaver Ecology

Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience

Grades 3-7 | Discover adaptations, natural and cultural history of beavers.

Light and Waves

Guided Science Museum Experiences

Grades 6-8 | Explore how light waves interact with one another and other objects to affect what we see. Learn about different careers in the field of optics and the types of work they do. The 50 minute experience includes hands-on experiments in both a classroom and in the Illumination exhibition.

Take it Down! Organizing Against Racism

Permanent Exhibition

Grades 1-12 | How can racism hide in plain sight? In 2016, a panel featuring racist artwork was removed from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester, NY, after being on display for 111 years. The issue generated controversy in our community. Activists created the Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism exhibit to show that pickaninny art perpetuates ongoing individual, institutional, and structural racism by denying the humanity of black children.


Limited Time Exhibition

Grades K-12 | This interactive exhibit chronicles our progression from science fiction to science fact, and illuminates emerging technologies that are just now showing up on our cultural radar.

National Parks Adventure

Planetarium Shows

Grades K-8 | Take the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.

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