Outreach

Tulips Journey North

Tulips Journey North is an outreach program designed just for third grade. Our staff will come to your classroom and present an hour long program centered on living and nonliving things with inquiry based and hands-on activities. Using the Intended Learning Outcomes, students will observe new and fascinating things around them.

Fall brings the opportunity for the add-on citizen scientist program, where each student can plant their own tulip bulb in their school garden. The Tulips Journey North Program tracks the arrival of spring by observing growth of student tulips and comparing their results with students across North America. They’ll engage in the scientific process - observing, inquiring, recording, and sharing their results. For more information, visit the Tulips Journey North program website

Thanks to sponsorship from the Utah State Office of Education’s informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE), Tulip Journey North is FREE to every public 3rd grade classroom in Utah! While time and travel will not allow Thanksgiving Point to visit every school each year, teachers can expect in-person visits from us every three years. To find your visit year, click HERE.

To find out more details about this program, please view our Educator Letter and Activity Plan.

For further questions please email Kathy Rutland at krutland@thanksgivingpoint.org.

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Curiosity in the Classroom

Curiosity in the Classroom is Thanksgiving Point’s newest outreach program for eighth grade science students. This program immerses students in STEM by posing challenges that require them to explore science, use math, and engineer solutions to an authentic, real world problem - earthquakes. Not only does Curiosity in the Classroom align with 8th grade Science Core Curriculum, it is also designed to meet the new SEEd standards recently adopted in our state.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Utah State Office of Education’s informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE), Curiosity in the Classroom is FREE to every public 8th grade classroom in Utah! While time and travel will not allow Thanksgiving Point to visit every school each year, teachers can expect in-person visits from us every three years. 

To find your visit year, click HERE.

For further questions please email Brianna Cencak at bcencak@thanksgivingpoint.org.

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ECO Challenge

ECO Challenge is a STEM program that invites high school students across the state to address real-world environmental challenges such as the loss of biodiversity or water quality. In the fall, students meet professionals working in science and engineering careers from state agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations. They learn about the needs of these groups related to the challenge and spend the next several months designing and prototyping solutions to address the challenge in ways that make sense to them. From producing public service announcements to inventions in aid conservation efforts, students selected unique and authentic ways to contribute their ideas and solutions. In the spring, students present their prototype products to industry representatives and compete for prizes that help their schools provide real-world environmental science in the coming year.

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