Discovery Center Education Programs

FAQ

SCHEDULING

Is there a cost?

All of our virtual experiences and in-person tour experiences are free.

How long are the virtual school experiences?

We recommend planning for 60-minutes, however, we can adjust to fit a shorter time block to fit your school day, just let us know.

What if the virtual experience I want is not available at the time I need?

Just reach out and ask! Email [email protected] and we’ll see what we can do. Chances are, we can line up the right staff person at the right time for you.

Can I schedule multiple virtual experiences on one day? How about over several days? How many can I reserve on a single day (I have three classes)?

Yes, although each experience needs to be booked separately. The booking calendar shows real-time availability. If you have more specific needs or need our scheduler to work directly with you, just email us.

Do you have any workshops available for elementary-aged students?

Most of our content is designed for middle and high school students. However, we are pretty good at making adjustments to accommodate other groups. The Design Thinking and Science of COVID-19 Part I & Part II experiences listed under the Middle School section are the most adaptable to upper elementary audiences.

How do I sign up? 
Book online! Our schedule shows real-time experience availability. Once we confirm, you’ll get an email confirmation and see an appointment come through via Outlook. If you have questions about scheduling, email us.

TECHNOLOGY

What platform do you use?

We use Microsoft Teams, and we’ll send you a link to the virtual experience in the Outlook appointment that we’ll send. If your school only allows you to use Zoom, let us know and we can send a Zoom link instead.

My district uses Google Meets exclusively, can your presenters use this format?

Unfortunately, we are not allowed to create an appointment using Google Meets. But reach out to us anyway via email, we’ll see what we can do.

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE

I am in another state, do these workshops address educational standards? Which ones? Are they adaptable?

Each experience supports a variety of educational standards. We are still working on the best way to get these identified and will have those links on the individual page for each virtual experience.

What will students need to participate? What do I need to do to prepare?

Students will need access to the internet, webcam, chat functions, and microphone to participate in our virtual experiences. The facilitator of the digital experience will confirm any other necessary materials after you book an experience.

My students may have additional questions about your experiences, can I follow up with you if I need more information or resources?

Your staff guide will reach out to you before your scheduled session, you can follow up directly with them to make sure any questions you have are addressed.

GENERAL

What languages and accessibility accommodations do you offer?

Our virtual experiences and in-person tours are all offered in English. With two weeks notice, we can schedule an ASL interpreter to join if that is a need for your group. Live closed captioning is an option that individuals can turn on in Teams. If you have specific needs, please email us.

What if I have more questions?

Just email us, we are here to help! If you have questions about more specific opportunities for educators/students, you can email [email protected]dation.org

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