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The Saint Louis Science Center has a number of resources available for educators to assist in enhancing your classroom curriculum. From field trips to the Science Center or programs brought to your location, Science Center staff work hard to provide you with the resources you need to be successful. 

View the Program Guide.

How to Become a School Partner

In working with schools, we believe it is critical to offer a variety of programs that are flexible enough to identify and address the needs of all students and educators, yet structured in such a way to meet the state standards and grade level expectations.

In addition, we want to create opportunities where Science Center staff and educators can participate in a meaningful dialogue, building programs around the needs, skills and interests of the classroom, rather than using impersonal models and formulas to develop classroom experiences.

When considering working with us, we encourage you to consider how we can tailor workshops and programs to best support your school’s, your teachers’ and your classroom’s needs. We invite you to contact us to discuss how we can work together.

It is our belief that building and sustaining collaborative partnerships between schools, educators and the Science Center brings with it the opportunity to have an unprecedented impact on students' academic achievement.

Please contact us to find out how a partnership with the Science Center can serve your needs, 314.289.4439 or education@slsc.org.

Loeb Prize: Recognizing Excellence in Teaching

The Loeb Prize, established in 1996 and endowed in 2002 by the Loebs' gift, honors effective teaching as a central component of quality education. It is one way in which the Loebs and the Science Center demonstrate their commitment to teaching professionals and elevate public appreciation for teachers' efforts. Jerome Loeb, retired chairman of the board of The May Department Stores Company, was chairman of the Science Center's Board of Commissioners and a member of the Board of Trustees. Carol Loeb is an active community volunteer, current educator and serves on the Science Center's Board of Trustees.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Loeb Prize.  Eligible educators must teach math or science in grades 6-12.  They must also teach in these districts: Affton, Hazelwood, Jennings, Ladue, Lindbergh, Normandy, Ritenour, Valley Park, or Webster Groves.  Private and parochial schools within these districts are also eligible.  Educators may only be nominated by a principal, superintendent, department chair or curriculum coordinator.  Each nominator may nominate two teachers.  To nominate someone, Please Contact: 

Kerry Stevison
Senior Educator, School and Community Partnerships
Saint Louis Science Center
314-289-4497
ksteviso@slsc.org

Taylor Community Science Resource Center

Jack and Susan Taylor, longtime St. Louis philanthropists, donated $2.5 million to the Saint Louis Science Center to help improve science learning opportunities throughout the region. In honor of the gift, the Science Center named its new outreach facility the Taylor Community Science Resource Center.

The Taylor Center is a state-of-the-art, 69,000-square-foot facility at 4900 Manchester (southwest corner of Kingshighway and Manchester). The Taylor Center is a dynamic place, providing outreach and community programs for youngsters of all ages, adults and educators. Through its myriad partnerships and collaborations throughout the community, the Science Center has seen a growing need for high-quality math and science-based programming. The new Taylor Center allows these programs to grow and meet the needs of the community.

The Taylor Center is a place where learning happens every day, where teachers connect with science and technology and where youngsters are actively engaged. The Taylor Center meets one of the metropolitan area's most critical needs - one facility that provides high-quality information about science and technology for many different audiences, including educators, parents, teens and community-based organizations.

The facility houses several classrooms and multipurpose rooms that can be used for after-school programming, professional development for educators, community-wide and family programming, and more. The wet laboratory facilities and technology center are places for hands-on science activities and provide technology access to disenfranchised audiences. In addition, the Science Center’s extensive natural history/science collection is housed here and visible to educators and the expanded resource library will help teachers strengthen their math and science curricula, and connect them with recent science and technology discoveries.

To learn more about how your group or organization can utilize the Taylor Community Science Resource Center space, call 314.289.1414. 

Professional Development Opportunities

Teachers can learn how to incorporate inquiry based methods into their lessons, how to create project based lessons, questioning techniques and more.

Workshops can be held at:

  • Your school campus
  • Taylor Community Resource Science Center
  • Saint Louis Science Center

Cost is based upon:

  • Length of program
  • Materials
  • Number of participants

To learn more about our professional development programs, call 314.289.4439 or email education@slsc.org.

ZMD School Groups Special Exhibition Admission

School groups from within the Zoo & Museum District (ZMD) have the opportunity to gain free admission to special exhibits offered at the Saint Louis Science Center.

Who qualifies?

School groups qualify if the school’s address is within the ZMD, which currently includes St. Louis City and St. Louis County. This offer is open to k-12 public and private schools, as well as home school families whose address is within the ZMD. If your school is not a ZMD school, we offer affordable group rates for your field trips.

 

When is the offer available?

ZMD school reservations are available Monday through Thursday mornings, for entrance times from 10:00 to 12:30. Reservations are made on a first come, first serve basis, and tickets may be unavailable when few schools are in session (such as during spring break).

 

How are reservations made?

Schools can make reservations by calling (314) 289-4424. Please be prepared to share the school’s address (with zip code) to confirm ZMD status. Reservations must be made at least 10 days prior to the scheduled visit. To hold the reservation, a $20 nonrefundable processing fee must be paid by credit card. One adult chaperone for every 10 children is required and will gain free entry; all additional adults will pay the regular adult admission rate. To ensure the free tickets do not go unused, groups are encouraged to reserve only the number of tickets they anticipate needing. Changes to the reservation may be made if needed. (See below.)

 

How are reservations changed or canceled?

Schools may cancel or reduce the number of reserved tickets up to 10 days prior to the scheduled visit. Schools may increase the number of reserved tickets up to the day before the event, if space is still available. To encourage use of all free tickets, a $5 per person no-show charge will be applied on the day of the visit for each unused reserved ticket. Cancelations due to extenuating circumstances can be discussed on a case-by-case basis by calling the Science Center within five days of the visit.

 

 What other opportunities are available?

All groups are encouraged to consider educational programs designed to compliment special exhibits. To accommodate groups participating in such programs, additional timeslots may be opened; please ask at time of purchase. As with all fieldtrip groups, lunch space can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Field Trip Packages

The Saint Louis Science Center announces new Field Trip Packages for Fall 2014! Let us take the hassle out of planning a field trip for your school or group.  We’ve got the perfect field trip packages packaged and ready for your class! The one stop booking programs will help you accomplish your curriculum goals in a fun a creative way. Great Space Experience and Electrify and Energize are two new field trip packages that will be offered in the Fall of 2014.  Electrify and Energize explores alternate methods of electrical generation and ideas to conserve energy. Included in the field trip package is Electropolis, an amazing 3D movie produced by National Geographic, a private, Amazing Science Demonstration and a self -guided tour of the Energy Gallery.  The Great Space Experience will help students learn what life is like aboard the International Space Station. Included in this field trip package is a “Live Sky Tonight”

Please visit the field trip packages page for pre and post visit material.