School Programs

Reynolds-Alberta Museum provides a variety of school field trips, both guided and self-guided. 

If you are looking to book a virtual program, they can be found at Reynolds@Home.

Kindergarten to Grade 3

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Funlights of Technology

Have we got a job for you! Whether in an urban factory building cars on an assembly line, on a rural farm making rope, or training to be a courteous service station attendant, students have a great time learning how cooperation gets the job done!

Grades: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $6 per student

Curriculum Connections

  • Kindergarten Social Studies
    • K.1: I Am Unique
    • K.2: I Belong
  • Grade 1 Social Studies
    • 1.1: My World
    • 1.2: Moving Forward with the Past
  • Grade 2 Social Studies
    • 2.2: A Community in the Past

Pancakes!

From field to table, students learn how wheat is harvested, thresh their own wheat, and enjoy a taste of pancakes they make themselves.

Grades: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $6 per student

Curriculum Connections

  • Kindergarten Social Studies
    • K.2: I Belong
  • Grade 1 Social Studies
    • 1.1: My World
    • 1.2: Moving Forward with the Past
  • Grade 2 Social Studies
    • 2.2: A Community in the Past

Preparation Checklist

  • Students handle wheat and eat the pancakes they make.
  • Please advise us of any allergy or gluten sensitivity issues.

Pioneer Skills

Be a survivor in early Alberta using your newly acquired prairie skills. Make rope, butter, and a pioneer toy to take home.

Grades: Grade 2, Grade 4

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $6 per student

Curriculum Connections

  • Grade 2 Social Studies

    • 2.2: A Community in the Past
  • Grade 4 Social Studies
    • 4.2: The Stories, Histories and Peoples of Alberta

Kites and Crashes

Come on down and let’s play Fly or Flop. Students look at a variety of early airplane designs and guess which ones got off the ground and which ones did not.

Students discuss the importance of design and materials in the development of an airplane, and are introduced to the experiments of Alexander Graham Bell, with the tetrahedral kite.

Each student builds a kite to take home.

Grades: Grade 3, Grade 6

Dates available: All Year

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost: $8 per student

Curriculum Connections

  • Grade 3 Science
    • Topic B: Building with a Variety of Materials
    • Topic C: Testing Materials and Designs
  • Grade 6 Science
    • Topic A: Air and Aerodynamics
    • Topic B: Flight

Preparation Checklist

Students will be required to tie knots and thread string through straws.

We recommend that you:

  • Practice tying knots in class before you visit the museum.
  • Bring parent helpers to assist with the kite build.

Grades 4-5

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Pioneer Skills

Be a survivor in early Alberta using your newly acquired prairie skills. Make rope, butter, and a pioneer toy to take home.

Grades: Grade 2, Grade 4

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $6 per student

Curriculum Connections

  • Grade 2 Social Studies
    • 2.2: A Community in the Past
  • Grade 4 Social Studies
    • 4.2: The Stories, Histories and Peoples of Alberta

Wheels and Levers

Using Lego® Dacta Kits, students build devices that use wheels and axles, including gear systems and pulleys. Students explore the concepts of gearing up and gearing down.

Grades: Grade 4

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $6 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 4 Science

  • Topic B: Wheels and Levers

Widget Works

This program expands on the Wheels and Levers program. Students learn speed and force advantage through demonstrations of a Penny Farthing bicycle, a tricycle, and a rope machine.

Grades: Grade 4

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $6 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 4 Science

  • Topic B: Wheels and Levers

RAM Racers

Explore how automotive design has evolved and put this new knowledge to work when building and customizing a mini racer.

Students test their inventions on the RAM raceway.

Each student takes their car home.

Grades: Grade 4

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $8 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 4 Science

  • Topic C: Building Devices that Move

Preparation Checklist

  • Students will be using hammers
  • Bring parent helpers to assist with this activity

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits. Students will build a variety of electronic sculptures that light up, move, and make sounds.

Grades: Grade 5

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $7 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 5 Science

  • Topic A: Electricity and Magnetism
    • Closed, open and short circuit 
    • Insulators and conductors
  • Topic B: Mechanisms using electricity 
    • Parallel and series circuits
    • Polarity and electrical flow
    • Building devices using electricity

Electric Cars

Build a vehicle to take home, which uses a battery-powered electric motor to produce motion. Students explore the historical and contemporary significance of electric cars.

Grades: Grade 5

Dates available: All year

Total time: 2 hours

Cost: $8 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 5 Science

  • Topic A: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Topic B: Mechanisms Using Electricity

Preparation Checklist

  • Students will wire their own cars
  • Bring additional parent helpers

Grades 6 and Up

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Kites and Crashes

Come on down and let’s play Fly or Flop. Students look at a variety of early airplane designs and guess which ones got off the ground and which ones did not.

Students discuss the importance of design and materials in the development of an airplane, and are introduced to the experiments of Alexander Graham Bell, with the tetrahedral kite.

Each student builds a kite to take home.

Grades: Grade 3, Grade 6

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost: $8 per student

Curriculum Connections

  • Grade 3 Science
    • Topic B: Building with a Variety of Materials
    • Topic C: Testing Materials and Designs
  • Grade 6 Science
    • Topic A: Air and Aerodynamics
    • Topic B: Flight

Preparation Checklist

Students will be required to tie knots and thread string through straws.

We recommend that you:

  • Practice tying knots in class before you visit the museum
  • Bring extra parent helpers to assist with the kite build

Flight Ops

Divided into 3 fun, educational, hands-on stations, students explore flight, air, and aerodynamics.

Station 1:

  • Investigate a variety of aircraft configurations and how they operate
  • Review the four forces of flight

Station 2:

  • Discuss Bernoulli’s Principal and the importance of airfoils
  • Observe how air moves over a surface using a vertical wind tunnel

Station 3:

  • Teams challenge each other in a fun and interactive game show, identifying control surfaces and major components of an aircraft.
  • Try out the controls in a 1940 Stinson aircraft and 1965 Hughes helicopter.

Grades: Grade 6

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost: $7 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 6 Science

  • Topic A: Air and Aerodynamics
  • Topic B: Flight

Preparation Checklist

  • Teacher and a parent helper will lead 2 of the 3 stations.

Rocket Science

Learn about the history and the future of space travel.

Conduct experiments exploring Newton's laws of physics. Challenge your knowledge of aerodynamics by designing and building a rocket.

Students will use their rocket in a “Rocket Challenge” to test their design for distance and accuracy, with the opportunity to improve their design for maximum efficiency.

Grades: Grade 6

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost: $7 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 6 Science

  • Topic A: Air and Aerodynamics

Preparation Checklist

  • Hot glue guns are used to construct student rockets.
  • Bring additional parent helpers.

Modus Mechanicus

Take a close look at how simple machines translate energy into motion, speed, and force.

Students explore practical applications of simple machines using a cream separator, a Penny Farthing bicycle, and a tricycle.

Grades: Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $6 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 7 Science

  • Unit D: Structures and Forces

Grade 8 Science

  • Unit D: Mechanical Systems

Simple Machines

Using Lego® Dacta Kits, students analyze mechanical devices and identify components that operate as simple machines.

Students construct both gear and belt-driven systems, and assess turning ratios between a driving and driven shaft.

Grade: Grade 8

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $6 per student

Curriculum Connections

Grade 8 Science

  • Unit D: Mechanical Systems

Shop Talk (Grade 7+)

This workshop can be designed for your shop class needs.

Each talk provides training not available anywhere else in Canada with exclusive focus on "museum-quality" restoration.

The Shop Talk includes a presentation and demonstration from one of our restoration experts.

Demonstrations could include:

  • How to choose your restoration project
  • How to repair collision damage
  • Make lead-filled body seams and patch panels
  • Welding techniques
  • Substrate preparation
  • Power polishing and more

Grades: 7-12

Dates available: All year

Total time: 1.5 hours

Cost: $150 ($100 tour only)

To enhance your learning experience, talk to our booking coordinator about adding our Learn from the Experts manual and DVD package.

  • Learn from the Experts Manual
  • Learn from the Experts DVDs (4 different DVDs):
    • Metal Finish and Repair
    • Surface Preparation Paints and Finishes
    • Restoration of Wooden Automobile Bodies
    • Automobile Detailing Techniques

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum ties based on individual class needs