Bishop Museum offers a full set of science-based education programs. This includes programs that are keyed to our Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center and programs on Science on a Sphere.

Science Adventure Center Programs

The Science Adventure Center is a 16,500-square-foot facility your students will experience immersive, interactive exhibits on the geology, biology and oceanography of the Hawaiian Islands. Exhibits explore ocean, wind and the volcanic forces that have shaped our islands. The Center has been designed to address the HCPS III Science Standards. Guided, hands-on programs are offered for students visiting the Science Adventure Center.

Here Comes a Lava Flow!

“Watch the Big Volcano Grow,” as you join in this interactive program about Hawaiian volcanoes. Young children will be captivated through body movement, building, counting and singing.

Tales of Trash: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

To coincide with the Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit take your class on an interactive adventure to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).  Discover what marine debris is, where it comes from and how it affects the turtles, birds and marine life in the NWHI through storytelling, puppets and hands-on activities. Examine real marine debris and bird boluses from the NWHI, and then identify ways you can help solve the marine debris problem.

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Here Comes a Lava Flow!

“Watch the Big Volcano Grow,” as you join in this interactive program about Hawaiian volcanoes. Young children will be captivated through body movement, building, counting and singing.

Tales of Trash: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

To coincide with the Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit take your class on an interactive adventure to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).  Discover what marine debris is, where it comes from and how it affects the turtles, birds and marine life in the NWHI through storytelling, puppets and hands-on activities. Examine real marine debris and bird boluses from the NWHI, and then identify ways you can help solve the marine debris problem.

Classify It!

One of these things is not like the others; one of these things just doesn’t belong! Students classify specimens embedded in resin to identify the similarities and differences between plants and animals.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
K.1.1 Use the senses to make observations.
K.1.3 Collect data about living and non-living things.
K.3.1 Identify similarities and differences between plants and animals.

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Tales of Trash: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

To coincide with the Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit take your class on an interactive adventure to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).  Discover what marine debris is, where it comes from and how it affects the turtles, birds and marine life in the NWHI through storytelling, puppets and hands-on activities. Examine real marine debris and bird boluses from the NWHI, and then identify ways you can help solve the marine debris problem.

Classify It!

One of these things is not like the others; one of these things just doesn’t belong! Students classify specimens embedded in resin to identify the similarities and differences between plants and animals.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
K.1.1 Use the senses to make observations.
K.1.3 Collect data about living and non-living things.
K.3.1 Identify similarities and differences between plants and animals.

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Tales of Trash: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

To coincide with the Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit take your class on an interactive adventure to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).  Discover what marine debris is, where it comes from and how it affects the turtles, birds and marine life in the NWHI through storytelling, puppets and hands-on activities. Examine real marine debris and bird boluses from the NWHI, and then identify ways you can help solve the marine debris problem.

Classify It!

One of these things is not like the others; one of these things just doesn’t belong! Students classify specimens embedded in resin to identify the similarities and differences between plants and animals.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
K.1.1 Use the senses to make observations.
K.1.3 Collect data about living and non-living things.
K.3.1 Identify similarities and differences between plants and animals.

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Tales of Trash: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

To coincide with the Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit take your class on an interactive adventure to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).  Discover what marine debris is, where it comes from and how it affects the turtles, birds and marine life in the NWHI through storytelling, puppets and hands-on activities. Examine real marine debris and bird boluses from the NWHI, and then identify ways you can help solve the marine debris problem.

Hitching a Ride to Paradise: How Plants and Animals Populated the Hawaiian Islands

Students engage in hands-on activities that test the ways in which the original flora and fauna made their way to the Hawaiian Islands. Have your class raft snails, blow insects, attach seeds and find out which species came to Hawai‘i in the stomach of a bird! Through their experiments they collect data to answer the question “How did it get here?”

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
3.1.2 Safely collect and analyze data to answer a question.
3.3.1 Describe how plants depend on animals.
3.4.1 Compare distinct structures of living things that help them to survive.

This is Your Life: Kupuna Atoll

Experience the life stages of a volcanic island, through a dramatic interactive multimedia presentation. Students will travel back in time to understand how the Hawaiian Islands grow and mature.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
4.8.1 Describe how slow processes sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the earth.
4.8.3 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the earth.

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Hitching a Ride to Paradise: How Plants and Animals Populated the Hawaiian Islands

Students engage in hands-on activities that test the ways in which the original flora and fauna made their way to the Hawaiian Islands. Have your class raft snails, blow insects, attach seeds and find out which species came to Hawai‘i in the stomach of a bird! Through their experiments they collect data to answer the question “How did it get here?”

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
3.1.2 Safely collect and analyze data to answer a question.
3.3.1 Describe how plants depend on animals.
3.4.1 Compare distinct structures of living things that help them to survive.

This is Your Life: Kupuna Atoll

Experience the life stages of a volcanic island, through a dramatic interactive multimedia presentation. Students will travel back in time to understand how the Hawaiian Islands grow and mature.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
4.8.1 Describe how slow processes sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the earth.
4.8.3 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the earth.

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Hitching a Ride to Paradise: How Plants and Animals Populated the Hawaiian Islands

Students engage in hands-on activities that test the ways in which the original flora and fauna made their way to the Hawaiian Islands. Have your class raft snails, blow insects, attach seeds and find out which species came to Hawai‘i in the stomach of a bird! Through their experiments they collect data to answer the question “How did it get here?”

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
3.1.2 Safely collect and analyze data to answer a question.
3.3.1 Describe how plants depend on animals.
3.4.1 Compare distinct structures of living things that help them to survive.

This is Your Life: Kupuna Atoll

Experience the life stages of a volcanic island, through a dramatic interactive multimedia presentation. Students will travel back in time to understand how the Hawaiian Islands grow and mature.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
4.8.1 Describe how slow processes sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the earth.
4.8.3 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the earth.

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Who Wants to Be a Rock Star?

In this classroom version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, students will participate in an exciting game show as they learn about the rock cycle, plate tectonics, and the geology of Hawai‘i.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
SC.8.8.1 Compare the characteristics of the three main types of rock.
SC.8.8.2 Illustrate the rock cycle and explain how igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks are formed.
SC.ES.8.5 Explain the effects of movements of crustal plates.
SC.8.8.5 Explain the concepts of continental drift and plate tectonics.

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Science on a Sphere Programs

Eyes on Island Earth

Science on a Sphere is a 6-foot globe that can project satellite and other data of the earth and other planets. Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Science on a Sphere brings our planet vividly to life.

Kids Space Quest

Boldly go where no preschooler has gone before.  Through games and songs, search for objects found in our day and night sky.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.K.8.2 Identify different types of celestial objects seen in the day and night sky.
MA.K.5.1 Identify common geometric shapes 

MA.K.11.1 Sort objects or people according to stated attributes

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Kids Space Quest

Boldly go where no kindergartener has gone before.  Through games and songs, search for objects found in our day and night sky. 

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.K.8.2 Identify different types of celestial objects seen in the day and night sky.
MA.K.5.1 Identify common geometric shapes
MA.K.11.1 Sort objects or people according to stated attributes

Here Comes the Sun!

Have fun learning about how the sun makes light and heat and why that is important for us living here on Earth! 

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.1.8.1: Describe that the sun warms the land, air, and water.

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Here Comes the Sun!

Have fun learning about how the sun makes light and heat and why that is important for us living here on Earth!

HCPS III – Benchmarks:

SC.1.8.1: Describe that the sun warms the land, air, and water.

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Here Comes the Sun!

Have fun learning about how the sun makes light and heat and why that is important for us living here on Earth! 

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.1.8.1: Describe that the sun warms the land, air, and water.

 

Co-ordinates and Cardinal Directions: Where on Earth are we?

What better way to learn about maps and globes than by using a 6-foot animated sphere? In this lively program, students will find their way around the globe using map symbols, co-ordinates, and cardinal directions.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SS.2.7.2 Describe the purpose and features of maps and globes.
MA.2.8.1 Use cardinal directions that describe the location of an object or place on a co-ordinate map.

 

 

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Co-ordinates and Cardinal Directions: Where on Earth are we?

What better way to learn about maps and globes than by using a 6-foot animated sphere? In this lively program, students will find their way around the globe using map symbols, co-ordinates, and cardinal directions.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SS.2.7.2 Describe the purpose and features of maps and globes.
MA.2.8.1 Use cardinal directions that describe the location of an object or place on a co-ordinate map.

 

WOW! Wonders of Water

Uncover how the water cycle affects the weather on Earth. Explore how the water cycle affects EXTREME weather events. Through our journey discover how we humans can clean up our ‘water act’ and help with water conservation today!

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.3.8.2: Describe how the water cycle is related to weather and climate.
SS.3.7.4: Examine the ways in which people modify the physical environment and the affects of these changes.

Eyes on Island Earth

This new STEM program explores why Hawai‘i is a great place to learn about Earth system science and to discover how NASA satellites help us in our explorations of the planet.

HCPS III– Benchmarks
Science:
SC.3.2.1 Describe ways technologies in fields such as agriculture, information, manufacturing, or communication have influenced society.
SC.3.6.3 Explain how light traveling in a straight line changes when it reaches and object.
SC.3.8.3 Safely observe and describe the basic movements of the sun and moon.
SC.4.2.1 Describe how the use of technology has influenced the economy, demography, and environment of Hawai‘i.
SC.4.7.1 Describe that the mass of Earth exerts a gravitational force on all objects.
SC.4.8.1 Describe how slow processes sometimes ahape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
SC.4.8.2 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes ahape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
SC.4.8.3 Describe the relationship between the Sun and the Earth’s daily rotation and annual revolution.
SC.5.6.3 Compare what happens to light when it is reflected, refracted, and absorbed.
SC.5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of Earth to other components of the solar system.
SC.5.8.3 Explain that the planets orbit the Sun and the moon orbits the Earth.
SC.5.8.4 Demonstrate that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth on its axis

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WOW! Wonders of Water

Uncover how the water cycle affects the weather on Earth. Explore how the water cycle affects EXTREME weather events. Through our journey discover how we humans can clean up our ‘water act’ and help with water conservation today!

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.3.8.2: Describe how the water cycle is related to weather and climate.
SS.3.7.4: Examine the ways in which people modify the physical environment and the affects of these changes.

Eyes on Island Earth

This new STEM program explores why Hawai‘i is a great place to learn about Earth system science and to discover how NASA satellites help us in our explorations of the planet.

HCPS III– Benchmarks
Science:
SC.3.2.1 Describe ways technologies in fields such as agriculture, information, manufacturing, or communication have influenced society.
SC.3.6.3 Explain how light traveling in a straight line changes when it reaches and object.
SC.3.8.3 Safely observe and describe the basic movements of the sun and moon.
SC.4.2.1 Describe how the use of technology has influenced the economy, demography, and environment of Hawai‘i.
SC.4.7.1 Describe that the mass of Earth exerts a gravitational force on all objects.
SC.4.8.1 Describe how slow processes sometimes ahape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
SC.4.8.2 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes ahape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
SC.4.8.3 Describe the relationship between the Sun and the Earth’s daily rotation and annual revolution.
SC.5.6.3 Compare what happens to light when it is reflected, refracted, and absorbed.
SC.5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of Earth to other components of the solar system.
SC.5.8.3 Explain that the planets orbit the Sun and the moon orbits the Earth.
SC.5.8.4 Demonstrate that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth on its axis

Extreme Makeover: Earth Edition

Take a journey on a time machine and explore the Earth millions of years ago. Witness the movement of the continents, the birth and evolution of the Hawaiian Islands, and the active rumblings of earth today.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.4.8.1 Describe how slow processes sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
SC.4.8.2 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the Earth.

Destination Solar System

Take a tour of the solar system to discover what causes day and night, how the moon moves around the earth and characteristics about the planets.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of the earth and other components of the solar system.
SC.5.8.3 Explain that the planets orbit the sun and that the moon orbits the earth.
SC.5.8.4 Demonstrate that day and night are caused by the rotation of the earth in its axis.

Tsunamis: Walls of Water

See the global effects of earthquakes and other disturbances on the world’s oceans. Learn about the role Hawai‘i’s scientists play in monitoring tsunamis around the world.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.6.2.1 Explain how technology has an impact on society and science.
SC.6.6.10 Explain that vibrations in materials set up wavelike disturbances that spread away from the source.

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Eyes on Island Earth

This new STEM program explores why Hawai‘i is a great place to learn about Earth system science and to discover how NASA satellites help us in our explorations of the planet.

HCPS III– Benchmarks
Science:
SC.3.2.1 Describe ways technologies in fields such as agriculture, information, manufacturing, or communication have influenced society.
SC.3.6.3 Explain how light traveling in a straight line changes when it reaches and object.
SC.3.8.3 Safely observe and describe the basic movements of the sun and moon.
SC.4.2.1 Describe how the use of technology has influenced the economy, demography, and environment of Hawai‘i.
SC.4.7.1 Describe that the mass of Earth exerts a gravitational force on all objects.
SC.4.8.1 Describe how slow processes sometimes ahape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
SC.4.8.2 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes ahape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
SC.4.8.3 Describe the relationship between the Sun and the Earth’s daily rotation and annual revolution.
SC.5.6.3 Compare what happens to light when it is reflected, refracted, and absorbed.
SC.5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of Earth to other components of the solar system.
SC.5.8.3 Explain that the planets orbit the Sun and the moon orbits the Earth.
SC.5.8.4 Demonstrate that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth on its axis

Extreme Makeover: Earth Edition

Take a journey on a time machine and explore the Earth millions of years ago. Witness the movement of the continents, the birth and evolution of the Hawaiian Islands, and the active rumblings of earth today.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.4.8.1 Describe how slow processes sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the Earth.
SC.4.8.2 Describe how fast processes (e.g., volcanoes, earthquakes) sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the Earth.

Destination Solar System

Take a tour of the solar system to discover what causes day and night, how the moon moves around the earth and characteristics about the planets.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of the earth and other components of the solar system.
SC.5.8.3 Explain that the planets orbit the sun and that the moon orbits the earth.
SC.5.8.4 Demonstrate that day and night are caused by the rotation of the earth in its axis.

Tsunamis: Walls of Water

See the global effects of earthquakes and other disturbances on the world’s oceans. Learn about the role Hawai‘i’s scientists play in monitoring tsunamis around the world.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.6.2.1 Explain how technology has an impact on society and science.
SC.6.6.10 Explain that vibrations in materials set up wavelike disturbances that spread away from the source.

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Destination Solar System

Take a tour of the solar system to discover what causes day and night, how the moon moves around the earth and characteristics about the planets.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of the earth and other components of the solar system.
SC.5.8.3 Explain that the planets orbit the sun and that the moon orbits the earth.
SC.5.8.4 Demonstrate that day and night are caused by the rotation of the earth in its axis.

Tsunamis: Walls of Water

See the global effects of earthquakes and other disturbances on the world’s oceans. Learn about the role Hawai‘i’s scientists play in monitoring tsunamis around the world.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.6.2.1 Explain how technology has an impact on society and science.
SC.6.6.10 Explain that vibrations in materials set up wavelike disturbances that spread away from the source.

Attack of the Giant Cell

Watch the sphere get transformed into a giant cell so that students can easily identify the component parts of plant and animal cells.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.7.4.2 Describe the basic structure and function of various types of cells.
SC.7.4.3 Describe the levels of organization in organisms (cell, tissue, organ, organ system, whole organism).

Under the Weather

Uncover the connection between amongst the sun, the earth’s tilt, the oceans, and Hawai‘i’s seasonal weather.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.8.8.3 Describe how the earth’s motions and tilt on its axis affect the seasons and weather patterns.
SC.8.8.4 Explain how the sun is the major source of energy influencing climate and weather on Earth.
SC.8.8.7 Describe the physical characteristics of oceans.

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Attack of the Giant Cell

Watch the sphere get transformed into a giant cell so that students can easily identify the component parts of plant and animal cells.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.7.4.2 Describe the basic structure and function of various types of cells.
SC.7.4.3 Describe the levels of organization in organisms (cell, tissue, organ, organ system, whole organism).

Under the Weather

Uncover the connection between amongst the sun, the earth’s tilt, the oceans, and Hawai‘i’s seasonal weather.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
SC.8.8.3 Describe how the earth’s motions and tilt on its axis affect the seasons and weather patterns.
SC.8.8.4 Explain how the sun is the major source of energy influencing climate and weather on Earth.
SC.8.8.7 Describe the physical characteristics of oceans.

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