TCMU On the Go: Bring The Children's Museum of the Upstate's interactive programming to your site!
Whether it’s a special event, after-school program or in the classroom, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate's outreach program, TCMU On the Go, provides play-based learning for brain and body that are fun and safe.
- Each program meets South Carolina state standards and offers dynamic hands-on exploration in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
- All programs promote critical thinking while fostering playful collaboration and exploration.
- Outreach programs are available all year long!
Choose between an Outreach School Program or an Outreach Special Experience.
CONDITIONS AND INFORMATION:
- Multiple programs scheduled on the same day need to be held in a single location.
- TCMU Educators need access to the program space prior to and after each session to set up and take down programs. After your program is booked, details will be provided in your confirmation packet.
- Teachers must stay with their group at all times. Our staff is not responsible for students.
- Any travel outside of a 25-mile radius from TCMU will incur a Travel Fee:
• $.54/mile for a school program • $1.50/mile for special experience
PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATION:
- Payments must be made 30 days prior to visit (check or credit card).
- If school is cancelled on the day of your visit, you may reschedule your visit within the same school year.
- TCMU reserves the right to photograph or video students participating in event.
- It is the responsibility of the teacher to notify TCMU staff upon arrival of any student who CANNOT be photographed.
Outreach School Programs
|Program||Age Group||Time||Number of Students Per Classroom||Cost|
|Dinosaur Discoveries- Let students dig into what it is like to be a paleontologist. Students will learn cool facts about dinosaurs, explore bones, and find out about fossils in this engaging class.||Preschool||45-60 minutes||Max 24||$100 for 45-60 minutes; $75 each additional program||Submit a Request!|
|Transportation Tales: Vroom Vroom! This special story time takes students on a literary and math adventure as we explore early learning skills with vehicles, ramps, measurement and more.||Preschool||45-60 minutes||Max 24||$100 for 45-60 minutes; $75 each additional program||Submit a Request!|
|Enchanted Engineering: Explore “Once Upon a Time” using engineering practices. Explore the engineering challenges in our favorite fairy tales and design a solution to tackle the problems! Students will have opportunities to design, construct, and test out solutions in this happily-ever-after class.||Preschool, K5, 1st||45-60 minutes||Max 24||$100 for 45-60 minutes; $75 each additional program||Submit a Request!|
|Sun and Moon: Blast off into space and travel to the moon! Children will enjoy becoming astronauts for a day as they explore the sun, moon, stars in our sky.||Preschool, K5, 1st||45-60 minutes||Max 24||$100 for 45-60 minutes; $75 each additional program||Submit a Request!|
|Grossology: The Nose Knows: Why does my nose make snot? This class explores how the nose protects your respiratory system through engaging experiences – including making snot!||K5, 1st, 2nd||45-60 minutes||Max 24||$100 for 45-60 minutes; $75 each additional program||Submit a Request!|
|Spark!Lab Inventors: Student inventors will use the Spark!Lab Invention Process to develop a new invention to solve real-world problems.||K5, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th||45-60 minutes||Max 24||$100 for 45-60 minutes; $75 each additional program||Submit a Request!|
|The Magic of Magnets: Explore the invisible power of magnetic fields using different strengths of magnets, iron fillings, and more! Students will work in stations to complete different challenges related to magnets.||2nd||45-60 minutes||Max 24||$100 for 45-60 minutes; $75 each additional program||Submit a Request!|
|Watt's Current: Participate in experiments using electricity! Students will have chances to create a circuit and explore just how electricity travels through conductive materials. Create music and play digital games with circuit boards.||3rd||45-60 minutes||Max 24||$100 for 45-60 minutes; $75 each additional program||Submit a Request!|
Outreach Special ExperiencesAdaptable for all age groups
|Program||Number of Students Per Classroom||Price|
|Spark!Lab On the Go: This innovative experience includes putting our invention space on wheels and traveling to your classroom! Students will explore the process of invention and engineering standards through this experience.||24 children at one time recommended||$250 for first two hours / $50 per additional hour||Submit a Request!|
|Imagination Playground: Imagination Playground contains a wide variety of large, loose parts, including cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and cylinders. The blocks have holes and shapes that fit together in ways that allow the construction of a child’s idea to grow. Children work collaboratively to construct, invent and create an environment through free-play.||24 children at one time recommended||$250 for first two hours / $50 per additional hour||Submit a Request!|
|Rigamajig: Rigamajig is a building kit consisting of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts, and rope. Through cooperative play, children can think three dimensionally while using their imagination. Students employ cognitive thinking, trial and error as in the invention and engineering process, and embrace the process rather than the end product.||24 children at one time recommended||$250 for first two hours / $50 per additional hour||Submit a Request!|
|Science Booth: TCMU is excited to participate in festivals for your school, community and organization. Each table is staffed by an experienced educator. The team will work with you to decide on the best science experiment or hands-on activity for your event. Our booths are fun for all ages!||24 children at one time recommended||$250 for first two hours / $50 per additional hour||Submit a Request!|
Have an idea for Outreach program or want to do something different? Contact us to collaborate on an Outreach experience that works best for your organization:
Jane Gomez: firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-553-7928
Thank you to our generous sponsors who make these programs possible:
Thank you to our generous sponsors for funding museum scholarships:
The Arkwright Foundation - The Balle Foundation - The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation