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Price Per Student Title Description TEKS Alignment
$10 Butterfly Life Cycle Mobiles Participants learn the different stages of the butterfly, an insect with unique stages during the life cycle. Participants review and create small drawings of each phase. After finishing, participants take their drawings from their environment and assemble a 3D cloud chart Fine Arts, Science
$10 Cowboy Boot: Iconic Symbols Participants learn the significance of landmarks, symbols, and celebrations in the community, state, and nation through creative expression. Participants review the symbols, landmarks and historical moments unique to Texas and design a Texas-inspired cowboy boot. Fine Arts, Social Studies
$10 Design Your Own Planet Design Your Own Planet allows participants to learn about the planets in our solar system, how they relate to the sun, and recognize patterns in the sky. They then create a painting of one of the planets and have time to design their own unique planet. Fine Arts, Science
$10 Geometric Shapes and Monsters Participants use geometric shapes to design imaginary monster characters. They then write down the details of the character that they drew, discuss the personality of their monsters (silly, nice, smart…) and other characteristics to be used in the creation of a story. Fine Arts, Mathematics
$10 Insect Creations Students learn insect body parts and use various materials to build their own insects. Fine Arts, Science
$10 Picasso Inspired Animals: Fun with Mathematical Angles Participants learn how Pablo Picasso used geometric shapes to create works of original artwork through creative expression. They learn how to identify obtuse, right and acute angles and then using the angles, draw and paint a cubist-inspired illustration of an animal. Fine Arts, Mathematics
$10 SPARK! Zoo Classification Students learn about animal classifications while creating a team zoo that includes a mammal, bird, fish, reptile or amphibian. Within their individual art work they include facts about their animal classifications as well as any unique adaptations their animal may have to their environment. Fine Arts, Science
$10 Water Cycle Mobiles Water Cycle Mobiles teach a recognizable pattern in the natural world on earth. Participants review the different stages of the water cycle (precipitation, accumulation, evaporation, transpiration, and condensation) and create creative expression drawings of each phase. After finishing each phase, participants take their drawings and assemble a 3D cloud mobile. Fine Arts, Science
$11 3D Construction: Homes, Buildings and Skyscrapers 3D Construction: Homes, Buildings and Skyscrapers allows participants to review 2D images of buildings that have integral 3D shapes to create their own buildings, skyscrapers, and or home. Participants identify and practice construction skills using a variety of art materials to create their own original 3D design as a form of creative expression. Fine Arts, Science
$11 Aboriginal Dot Art Aboriginal Dot Art allows participants to learn social studies skills by creating visual materials as a form of expression through dot art and iconic symbols. Participants learn about animals that live in Australia (kangaroos, lizards, koalas, platypus etc.) and learn how Aborigines used dots and symbols to create original artwork and stories. Fine Arts, Science
$11 Adaptable Snake Participants Illustrate a snake’s adaptive color and markings in its native environment as processes for survival. Participants learn how these unique markings help with survival in its habitat and environment with other organisms. Fine Arts, Science
$11 Castles and Catapults Challenge Castles and Catapults allows participants to work in groups to design and build castles and catapults using simple materials such as cardboard boxes, flat wooden sticks, and rubber bands. This lesson reviews force, motion, energy and the changes that occur. After they build their catapults they test for distance and accuracy. Then they use iteration to improve on their designs, take ideas from their environment and have creative expression. They learn about the physics of stored energy and how fulcrum points change the results. When their catapults and castles are complete, they try to take down their opponent’s castle by launching their boulder/fluff balls. Fine Arts, Science
$11 Design and Build a Vehicle Challenge Participants plan and test model vehicles using various materials and learn about force, motion, gravity, and energy while working on teams and creating original designs as a form of creative expression.  Participants then review the parts of the scientific method and use it to test their vehicle and learn about independent, dependent, and controlled variables. Fine Arts, Science
$11 Roller Coaster Design Challenge The Roller Coaster Design Challenge inspires ingenuity by the combination of simple materials such as plates and flat wooden sticks with physics.  Participants learn about force, motion, gravity, and energy while team working to design and build a roller coaster track for a marble. Through their roller coaster design, participants illustrate a creative expression and show original artwork. Fine Arts, Science
$12 Can Mirrors: Transform art designs through compressed reflections Create your own anamorphic art to explore how light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object and travels to one medium to another such as reflection in a mirror. Participants  observe the many forms and patterns of energy and explore light as a form of energy that can be compressed and reflected onto another surface. Participants use recycled materials and exaggerated and morphed imagery to create original artwork that is compressed when mimicking a cylindrical mirror. Fine Arts, Science
$12 Constructing Thaumatropes: Explore Continuous Streams of Motion and Illusions of Motion Constructing Thaumatropes: Optical Illusions that operate by switching between two images so rapidly that the images appear as one image.  This unit explores continuous streams of motion and illusions of motion. Participants learn that forces cause change and energy exists in many forms by investigating the phenomenon of persistence of vision. Create thaumatropes that go along with your unit or from the examples provided. Students be able to do express-motion animation through their self-created art thaumatrope as an original artwork. Fine Arts, Science
$12 Pop Art and Propaganda Printmaking Pop Art and Propaganda Printmaking reviews the principles of citizenship and teaches about historic symbols, customs, celebrations, events and landmarks that represent American beliefs and how they contribute to national identity and their influence on contemporary events and the political process. Participants create their own propaganda poster through their own relief prints and original artwork. Fine Arts, Social Studies
$8 Add on only: Create your own t-shirt Utilizing the discounted group rate for our Color Your Own T-Shirts, build a fun field trip where students are able to color their own butterfly or dragon t-shirt in the widely creative SPARK! space! T-Shirts are $8 each when purchased for a group and are additional to the activity price. None – Creative Activity
  • Your visit is split evenly between instructor-led activity and free, unstructured play.
  • All of our wonderfully creative activities are adaptable to any grade level.
  • A 1:10 chaperone to student ratio is required during every visit and are included in the visit cost.
  • Exceptions to the 1:10 ratio are made in the case of special needs outings. We allow as many required chaperones as your district deems needed.
  • Chaperones in addition to the required number may attend at an extra cost.
  • If you would like to eat lunch in our facility, 30 minutes will be added to your visit as well as a $50 cleaning fee.  You may bring your lunches in or have them delivered.