The Zoo offers a variety of STEM classes. Penguineering and Exhibit Design specifically hit on the engineering standards in the Michigan Science Standards.
Designed for grades 2-4. Habitats come alive as students are immersed into the life of a penguin. Hands on activities bring to light what Magellanic penguins need in their habitat and how animals play an important role. Students pretend to be a penguin while they create a nesting habitat which is then put to the test against some environmental constraints. Penguineering is for classroom sized groups of no more than 30 students. Price is $45 per class at the zoo. Bring Penguineering to your classroom for $100 for the first program, $60 for each consecutive program, and $1 per mile travel fee.
Designed for 5th-12th grade. Building exhibits at the zoo is no small task. This class is structured around how an animal's needs and adaptations help guide the materials used and engineering skills are put to the test as groups design and create 3D models of a new exhibit. This class can be modified for a variety of age groups and aligns perfectly with the engineering design standards. The exhibit design class is for classroom sized groups of no more than 30 students and is ideal for 20-25 students. Price is $60 per class. Bring the Exhibit Design class to your classroom for $100 for the first program, $60 for each consecutive program, and $1 per mile travel fee.
COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo requires all program participants to wear a mask indoors while onsite at the zoo. When visiting your school/organization, participants are asked to follow any/all guidelines set by the facility. John Ball Zoo staff will be following guidelines set forth by the zoo in regards to their own masking and social distancing.
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