The museum has a wide variety of resources to help teachers and educators provide exceptional learning experiences for students. The museum is home to the Suzanne M. Lacy Education Center, which consists of two grade-appropriate classrooms, a comprehensive Teacher Resource Center, and distance learning classroom. Below are popular museum offerings for educators.
The education program guide is a yearly publication distributed to teachers and educators throughout Virginia and North Carolina via hard-copy editions, as well as an online publication at the beginning of each school year. The guide contains in depth information about all the educational opportunities the museum offers, including SOL-based programming and all you need to know to provide your students with high-quality natural history, science, technology, engineering and math oriented programming. To download the latest edition, click here.
Educators and scientists design educational kits to be used alone or in conjunction with existing school curricula. All kits correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning and North Carolina Standard Course of Study and present scientifically accurate information with current educational methods and materials. Current kits available include The Backboned Seven, Virginia Rocks, Dino-Mite!, Virginia Fossils and Paleontology, I-Mail: Messages about Insects, Tropical Rain Forests, and Virginia Indians. Rental fee is $25 per kit for a two-week rental due at checkout. Thanks to local support, kit rental is complimentary for Martinsville City and Henry County Public Schools. For more information about kits, please call 276-634-4185 or email email@example.com.
StarLab is an inflatable dome that offers a planetarium experience and provides a current view of the sky from your location and locations worldwide. Individual programs range from 20 minutes to one hour. Fees are $200 for the first hour and $75 per additional hour plus travel time and mileage outside of the Martinsville and Henry County area. StarLab programs are available upon request by contacting the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-634-4185.
Teacher Resource Center
While students are attending a program at the museum, teachers can explore the TRC's multitude of resources such as educational kits, videos, supplemental textbooks, periodicals, and supply catalogs. NASA education resources are also available. Educators may visit the center at other times by appointment. The TRC is also home to live animals that are viewed by visitors and used in education programs. Students can learn about unique characteristics and habitats while observing and handling the animals. The center has trout tanks, a corn snake, a painted turtle and Madagascar Hissing cockroaches.
Both museum classrooms consist of age-appropriate learning space for pre-schoolers through high school students. The classrooms can each accommodate 50 students, or can form one large classroom accommodating 100.
Distance Learning Classroom
The Distance Learning Classroom is an invaluable tool that allows the museum to be a leader in distance learning opportunities in the Commonwealth by enhancing school curricula and support state and national standards. In addition, educators will benefit by participating in science-teacher trainings and other distance learning opportunities.