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EDUCATION EVENTS

Mark your calendars now and join us for these special educational events packed full of learning and fun!

All Education Events Require Advance Reservations.
Space is limited for each event - book early for best availability!


ChemiCon 2017 - Chemistry Rocks!
October 27, 2017              9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Grades 6-8

As part of National Chemistry Week, DHDC has teamed up with WTAMU and the American Chemical Society to create a day of experiential learning for area students. Through a series of hands-on learning activities and interactive demonstrations, students will investigate this year’s National Chemistry Week theme, Chemistry Rocks!, focusing on the Geochemistry: the chemistry of rocks.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Event includes a series of hand-on science labs, special guest presentations and exhibit hall time.
  • Reservation deadline is October 4, 2017, but will close early if event reaches capacity.
  • Education Partner Districts:     FREE
    Non-Partner Districts:              $5 per student
  • DHDC will set rotation schedules for groups, with a lunch period included.  Lunch will not be provided.

CHEMI-CON RESERVATION FORM
TEKS Correlation Chart


4th Annual Egg Drop Engineering Competition
November 10, 2017        9:00 am-1:00 pm
Grades 5-12

The messiest engineering competition in Texas is back for another round! Student teams will create their best egg-cradling device and bring it to DHDC for a 20-foot drop from our scissor lift. Avoid a gooey egg-splosion to earn max points. Awards are given for the top overall scores in each age division, best use of recycled materials, and most innovative overall device design.

 EVENT DETAILS

  • No entry fee for competition.
  • Maximum of 5 students per team. Limit of 10 team entries per campus. 
  • Students compete in four age divisions: Grades 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12.
  • Registration deadline is October 20, 2017, but will close early if event reaches capacity.
  • Event entry includes exhibit hall admission to DHDC.
  • Schools may reserve additional activities for their visit (Space Theater shows, hands-on science labs, etc.) at normal DHDC school rates. Education Partner Districts may reserve additional activities at no charge. Science Labs will be scheduled after conclusion of competition. Advance reservations are required for any additional activities, and those reservations must be received by October 20.

Official Competition Rules and Scoring Guidelines
TEAM REGISTRATION FORM


DHDC Christmas Spectacular
December 12, 13 or 14, 2017                       9:30 am - 1:45 pm
Grades K-5

This event sells out quickly, so book early to reserve your spot!

The DHDC Christmas Spectacular is a fun-filled day of holiday themed activities which immerse students in interactive learning opportunities. Students will have a blast participating in activities like St. Nick’s Science Show and making their own make-and-take activities. Teachers will love this hassle-free day of learning with no messy classroom to clean up afterward!  The event also includes a special showing of our limited edition, full-dome Christmas Space Theater show.  Students and teachers alike will enjoy singing along with their favorite Christmas tunes during this full-dome holiday adventure, and just like Santa, students will have milk and cookies to enjoy during the show!

EVENT DETAILS

  • Event includes St. Nick’s Science Live! Show, make-and-take learning activities in the DHDC Holiday Workshop, an exclusive showing of our Christmas Space Theater animated feature and an exhibit hall time. Students will get milk and cookies during their Space Theater rotation.
  • Select and reserve one event date for your group: December 12, 13 or 14.
  • Reservation deadline is November 21, 2017, but dates will close as they sell out. Book early for best availability!
  • Education Partner Districts:     $2 per student   
    Non-Partner Districts:              $5 per student                                  
  • DHDC will set rotation schedules for groups, with a lunch period included. Lunch will not be provided.                                               

DHDC CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR RESERVATION FORM - EVENT IS FULL
TEKS Correlation Chart - coming soon


NEW! Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
February 22, 2018                       12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grades 9-12

Join us as we work in association with Pantex to bring over 20 local organizations and businesses that educate and inspire women to follow engineering careers. It will be an afternoon to excite and empower girls to get involved in STEM fields through guest panels, hands-on activities with companies and face-to-face interactions. Each student will leave the event with their own hard hat!

EVENT DETAILS

  • Event includes guest speaker panels with Q&A.
  • Schools may leave anytime after 1:30 pm.
  • FREE for partner and Non-Partner schools.
  • Reservation deadline is February 1, 2018.                                             

INTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING DAY REGISTRATION FORM
TEKS Correlation Chart - coming soon


Weathering the Storm: The Science of Severe Weather
March 9, 2018                      9:30 am – 1:45 pm
Grades K-5

As part of Texas Severe Weather Awareness Week, join DHDC and our special guests for an interactive learning adventure where students will explore the science of severe weather and learn how to safely weather the storm. 

EVENT DETAILS 

  • Event includes hands-on learning activities, presentations from the National Weather Service Amarillo, KAMR Chief Meteorologist John Harris* and veteran storm chaser Jason Boggs*, a special one-day only showing of Tornado Alley in the Space Theater and a short exhibit hall time.  *Currently scheduled to appear.
  • Reservation deadline is February 16, 2018, but will close early if event reaches capacity. 
  • DHDC Education Partner Districts:     FREE  
    Non-Partner Districts:                         $5 per student                                  
  • DHDC will set rotation schedules for groups, with a lunch period included. Lunch will not be provided.                                                                                           

WEATHERING THE STORM RESERVATION FORM


Chemists Celebrate Earth Day!
April 20, 2018                     9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Grades K-5

Join DHDC, WTAMU and the American Chemical Society as we celebrate our home planet and dive into this year’s theme, Oceans: Dive into Marine Chemistry. Students will explore the chemical aspect of water preservation and keeping our marine life healthy through hands-on learning stations, interactive demonstrations and special guest presentations.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Event includes hands-on learning activities, interactive presentations, a Space Theater Show and a short exhibit hall time.
  • Reservation deadline is March 30, 2018, but will close early if event reaches capacity.
  • Education Partner Districts:     FREE
    Non-Partner Districts:              $5 per student
  • DHDC will set rotation schedules for groups, with a lunch period included. Lunch will not be provided.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY RESERVATION FORM


DHDC Catapult Challenge 2018
May 1, 2018                       9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grades 5-12

Student teams will test their engineering and design skills and expand their knowledge of math and physics as they create and construct a catapult to compete for eternal glory! Awards will be given for top teams in each age division, along with non-points awards for the Fiercest Fighter (best overall catapult design) and the Innovator’s Award (most creative or original catapult design.)

EVENT DETAILS

  • No entry fee for competition.
  • Maximum of 5 students per team. Limit of 10 team entries per campus. 
  • Students compete in four age divisions: Grades 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12.
  • Registration deadline is April 27, 2018, but will close early if event reaches capacity.
  • Event entry includes exhibit hall admission to DHDC.
  • Schools may reserve additional activities for their visit (Space Theater shows, hands-on science labs, etc.) at normal DHDC school rates. Education Partner Districts may reserve additional activities at no charge. Science Labs will be scheduled after conclusion of competition. Advance reservations are required for any additional activities, and those reservations must be received by April 27.

Official Competition Rules and Scoring Guidelines
TEAM REGISTRATION FORM