Dear Valued Educators, As we begin to return to in-person field trips we will gradually be reintroducing several of the programs you have missed, and some new programming opportunities as well. 

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum School Programs 

Education programs at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum cost $9.00 per student for a half day program (2 hours), and $13.00 per student for a full day program (4.5 hours). To make a full day program, you would book two programs in the same day. Teachers and supervising adults are free at a ratio of 1:6. Additional adults pay $9.00 or $13.00, depending on the booking. Educational Assistants and/or one-on-one support workers are always free of charge. 

Please note Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine programs are self-guided visits, and are priced accordingly.

Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine (Elementary)

Special price! Only $6.00 per student!

Grade 6 to 8 - Science and Technology
Limited time only! Now booking for May 13 - August 30, 2024! Are machines smarter than us? Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming part of our daily lives, but is often misunderstood. Bring your class for a self-guided exploration of Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine, and assess the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life. Students interact with real AI applications in a completely hands-on environment, learning how AI already imitates humans by making music, recognizing images, and identifying facial expressions.

Grade 6 to 8 - Science and Technology: Coding and Emerging Technologies

1 hour, maximum 80 students

Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine (Secondary)

Special price! Only $8.00 per student!

Grade 10 to 12 - Computer Studies and Business Studies
Limited time only! Now booking for May 13 - August 30, 2024! Are machines smarter than us? Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming part of our daily lives, but is often misunderstood. Bring your class for a self-guided exploration of Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine, and assess the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life. Students interact with real AI applications in a completely hands-on environment, learning how AI already imitates humans by making music, recognizing images, and identifying facial expressions.

Grade 10 - Digital Technology and Innovations in the Changing World (ICD2O) Grade 11 and 12 - Computer Science, Computer Programming (ICS3U, ICS3C, ICS4U, ICS4C), Information and Communication Technology (BTA3O, BTX4C, BTX4E)

1 hour, maximum 80 students

Science Sampler

Grades 1 to 8 - Science and Technology
This program provides students with the opportunity to sample different branches of science: ecology, robotics, and earth sciences. Students use the scientific experimentation and engineering design processes to conduct investigations. Do a creek study on Schneider Creek, code easy-to-use robots, and uncover real fossil fish!

Understanding Life Systems, Structures and Mechanisms, Earth and Space Systems

2 hours, maximum 80 students

 

Traditions Alive!

Grades 1 to 6 - Social Studies
Students make pickles on a historic woodstove, with two jars sent back per school for sampling. Next, try blacksmithing using a real forge, peeling and preparing apples for drying, and playing with historic toys and games. This program includes a tour of Martin House, built in 1820 by an Old Order Mennonite family.

Grade 1 - Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities, Grade 2 - Changing Family and Community Traditions, Grade 3 - Communities in Canada, 1780-1850, Grade 4 - Early Societies to 1500 CE, Grade 5 - Interactions Prior to 1713, Grade 6 - Communities in Canada, Past and Present

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Berlin to Kitchener during the Great War

Grades 10 to 12 - History
Industry, soldiers, nursing sisters, and a name change. What happened in Waterloo County and Berlin during the First World War? Explore real attestation records of Waterloo County residents who served, learn about munitions factories, practice suturing like a nursing sister, and feel the pressure to be recruited into the military.  

Grade 10 - Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 11 - World History since 1900: Global and Regional Interactions, Grade 12 - Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, Grade 12 - Adventures in World History

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Communities in Canada

Grade 3 - Heritage and Identity

Now booking for Fall 2024! 
Take an integrated and interactive look at three communities in southwestern Ontario from 1780-1850. Students examine how Indigenous peoples, Mennonite immigrants, and Black settlers lived and interacted, with a focus on forced migratory events in these communities.

Communities in Canada, 1780 - 1850

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Human Body Systems

Grade 5 and 8- Science and Technology

Limited time only! Now booking for October 21, 2024 - 2025! Learn how the human body works, what happens when medical help is needed, and how hospitals care for communities. Grade 5 students explore major human body systems - digestive, circulatory, respiratory, and nervous. Grade 8 students will compare and contrast animal and plant cells. Both grade levels will see a special exhibit on St. Mary's General Hospital.

Life Systems: Human Health and Body Systems & Science and Technology - Life Systems: Cells

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Communities in Canada - Grade 6

Grade 6 - Heritage and Identity

Now booking for Fall 2024! 

Students explore significant events in the lives of diverse communities on the land now called Waterloo Region, from 1784-1897. Learn about the unfairness of the Haldimand Tract, Mennonite immigration patterns, the development of Queen's Bush, and the harmful Chinese Exclusion Act, by examining the lives of historical people who lived through it.

Communities in Canada, Past and Present 

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Action, Rebellion, and Reform

Grade 7 - History
Now booking for Fall 2024! 

Students investigate local conflicts and challenges in Waterloo County from 1800-1850, using primary sources. Learn about Indigenous actions towards treaties, local involvement in the Upper Canada Rebellion, the impact of the Common School Act on students, and how a gaol (jail) allowed Berlin to become the county seat. 

Canada, 1800-1850, Conflict and Challenges

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Historical Causes and Effects

Grade 8 - History: Canada, 1850-1890, Creating Canada

Now booking for Fall 2024! 

How did Waterloo County change from 1850-1890? Students delve into the local growth of railways, schools, and the House of Industry and Refuge, critically analyzing the causes and effects on a local population. Through hands-on investigation, students will gain a deeper understanding of how governmental decisions impact human lives.

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Sustainable Resource Management

Grade 9 - Geography

Now booking for Fall 2024! 

Sustainability is new idea…isn't it? Students consider the lengthy history of sustainable resource management, by learning about Indigenous peoples' methods since time immemorial. Students will also explore local sustainability activists and advocates, past and present.

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Advances in Medical Technologies

Grade 10 - Science, Grade 11 & 12 - Biology

Limited time only! Now booking for October 21, 2024 - 2025! Explore advances in medical technologies, with a focus on MRI, CT scans, X-Rays, and ultrasound imaging. Students will compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks of these diagnostic imaging options. This program includes visiting a special exhibit on St. Mary's General Hospital.

2 hours, maximum 80 students

Coding Robots - Outreach

Grade 1 to 8 -Science and Technology, Mathematics

Now booking for Fall 2024! 

Teach your class the basics of coding - no laptops or tablets required! Using Ozobots, our staff will introduce your class to creating clear instructions, simplifying problems, debugging programs, producing different outputs, and coding sequential, concurrent, and repeating events. 

Coding and Emerging Technologies, Algebra - Coding

40 -80 minutes, 1 class

Schneider Haus National Historic Site School Programs

Education programs at Schneider Haus cost $9 per student for a half day program, and $13 per student for a whole day. This cost includes 1 free adult (teacher, volunteer) admission for every 6 students, additional adults pay $9/$13.
Do you want us to come to you? Aspects of all of these programs are available in your classroom! Please indicate "outreach" on the online form, and a member of our team will contact you!

Feathered Friends

Kindergarten, Grade 1 - Science

The wait is over! Our iconic kinder program Feathered Friends is back Spring 2024! Join us at Schneider Haus to explore the lives of feathered friends we can find in our own backyard! Examine the stages of development inside an egg, play a “who laid this egg” identification game, experiment with how to check the freshness of a chicken's egg, and finish your trip off by exploring drama and dance with our personal favourite, the chicken dance! 

Exploring and Understanding Life Systems - Basic Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

1 hour in length, Maximum 45 students 

*Please note this program no longer includes live chickens

Plants and the Environment

Grades 1 to 4 - Science and Technology

Roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get to work outside as we dig into the natural world relationships that our planet relies on! While students are here they will explore plant parts and needs, identify plants; learn about plant medicines; use mini-microscopes to examine healthy soils; tend to the vermiculture box, and more!

Understanding Life Systems, Understanding Matter and Energy, Understanding Earth and Space Systems

2 hours, maximum 40 students

Offered in the Spring and Fall

Canadian Animals and Wildlife

Grades 2 and 4 - Science and Technology

This program introduces students to the wildlife and animals found in our own backyard! With a variety of hands-on activities, students examine the differences between local mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as the relationships between humans and animals in both past and present day contexts. 

Understanding Life Systems – Growth and Changes in Animals, Habitats and Communities

2 hours, maximum 40 students

Bread Science

Grade 5 and 7 - Science & Technology and Social Studies

This program provides students with a hands-on opportunity to experience the science of bread making, an important activity for communities globally, both historically and today. Physical and chemical changes, changes of state, experimenting with mixtures, and the effects of heat on matter are demonstrated as students produce a variety of breads for sampling, comparing historic and modern cooking technology. While bread is baking students have the opportunity to tour through our 207 year old historic house and associated outbuildings; discussing the history of Waterloo Region and examining the scientific methods used in everyday life on historic homesteads. 

Understanding Matter and Energy – Properties and Changes in Matter; Pure Substances and Mixtures

2 hours, maximum 45 students

Judging a Book by its Cover: Let's Talk About Race

Education Festival - May 21, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.

Grade 3 to 8

Join the Region of Waterloo Museums for our mini education festival, Judging a Book by its Cover: Let's Talk About Race. This program will dive into the topics of racism and prejudice and encourage students to ask frank questions so they can better understand its effects. The program will include an in-depth conversation and question period with author Grace Ibrahima & Dr. Rick Csiernik on racism, and how it impacts physical and mental well-being, and thus why we need to foster inclusivity. We will also be joined by special guests who will be sharing their own experiences along with hands on activities. Judging a Book by its Cover will be hosted at Schneider Haus Tuesday May 21st and by Ken Seiling Region of Waterloo Museum on Wednesday May 22nd. 

Haus Traditions

Grade 1-3 and 6 - Social Studies

Now booking for Fall 2024! 

Explore seasonal traditions! In the Fall focus on apple processing and taste heritage varieties. Winter programs focus on winter traditions, Christmas and cookie baking. 

Grade 1 - Social Studies - Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities, Grade 2 - Social Studies -Changing Family and Community Traditions, Grade 3 - Social Studies -Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 Grade 6 - Social Studies: Communities in Canada, Past and Present

2 hours, maximum 45 students

McDougall Cottage School Programs 

In-Person Outreach Programs

We bring the museum to you! 

McDougall Cottage is offering in-person, outreach programs that we will bring right to your classroom! In-person visits are one hour in length, and $100.00 per visit. Each program is also available as a virtual visit. Virtual Education Programs

Traditions and Celebrations 

Grade 2 - Social Studies

This program combines Social Studies, The Arts, and Mathematics as we explore our changing family and community traditions using the Scottish heritage of the former residents of McDougall Cottage as a focused exploration. Students will explore Scottish celebrations by looking at traditional music, foodways, dance, clothing, and conclude with an Art and Mathematics design challenge!

Heritage and Identity - Changing Family and Community Traditions; The Arts;  Mathematics - Algebra: Patterns and Relationships 

1 hour in-person outreach OR virtual program

Emigrant’s ‘Kist’ 

Grade 3 - Social Studies

With only a small 'kist' to carry their most important practical and sentimental belongings to a new home in Upper Canada, how and why did an immigrant family select those precious items? In what ways might this have changed for families moving to a new country today? In this inquiry based program, students will unpack and explore artifacts essential to Scottish emigrants in the nineteenth century, drawing comparisons between their own lives and the communities that formed new beginnings in Waterloo Region between 1780 and 1850.

Heritage and Identity - Communities in Canada, 1780 - 1850

1 hour in-person outreach OR virtual program

Murals and Illusions 

Grades 4 - 6 - Art

We will take your class on an exploration of the recently revealed 100 year old trompe l'oeil murals and  friezes at McDougall Cottage. Students will compare and contrast historic mural art with modern examples of optical illusion mural, street and body art, and then try their hand at creating their own ‘trick of the eye’ art piece.

The Arts

1 hour in-person outreach OR virtual program

Etiquette

Grade 3 to 6 - Language - Digital Media Literacy

Details coming soon

1 hour in-person outreach OR virtual program

Letter Writing

Grade 3 to 6 - Language - Composition: Expressing Ideas and Creating Texts (Cursive) 

Details coming soon

1 hour in-person outreach OR virtual program

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