Don Harrington Discovery Center Amarillo

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Explosions, melting metal and fire eating?
It's all in a day's work at the Don Harrington Discovery Center!

Serving our five-state region since 1976, DHDC is an interactive, hands-on science learning center which hosts tens of thousands of participants through our Education Program each year.

Our distance learning sessions feature our Science Live! shows which are 45 to 60-minute long "edu-tainment" events bursting with hair-raising demonstrations and explosive results live-streamed into your classrooms and auditoriums in spectacular high definition.  Funny, engaging, and jam-packed with learning, Science Live! will leave your students cheering for more!

All of our education programs align with both the TEKS (Texas) and the NGSS and a cross-curricular Correlation Chart is available to view with each program we offer.

2021-2022

2020-2021

 

Programs by Don Harrington Discovery Center Amarillo

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Amphibians and Reptiles (3rd-5th)

Turtles, and frogs, and snakes, oh my! If you love our Critters Live demo, but you're looking for something a little more targeted, this is the program for you! Learn about some of your favorite reptiles and amphibians and what makes them all unique!

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Amphibians and Reptiles (6th-8th)

Turtles, and frogs, and snakes, oh my! If you love our Critters Live demo, but you're looking for something a little more targeted, this is the program for you! Learn about some of your favorite reptiles and amphibians and what makes them all unique!

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Amphibians and Reptiles (9th-12th)

Turtles, and frogs, and snakes, oh my! If you love our Critters Live demo, but you're looking for something a little more targeted, this is the program for you! Learn about some of your favorite reptiles and amphibians and what makes them all unique!

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Amphibians and Reptiles (PreK-2nd)

Turtles, and frogs, and snakes, oh my! If you love our Critters Live demo, but you're looking for something a little more targeted, this is the program for you! Learn about some of your favorite reptiles and amphibians and what makes them all...

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Animals of the High Plains (3rd-5th)

From horned lizards and the ever-famous diamondback rattlesnake to roadrunners (meep! meep!) to the majestic ruby-throated hummingbird, come and learn about Animals of the High Plains! Concepts explored include food-webs, ecosystems, and habitats.

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Animals of the High Plains (6th-8th)

From horned lizards and the ever-famous diamondback rattlesnake to roadrunners (meep! meep!) to the majestic ruby-throated hummingbird, come and learn about Animals of the High Plains! Concepts explored include food-webs, ecosystems, and habitats.

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Animals of the High Plains (9th-12th)

From horned lizards and the ever-famous diamondback rattlesnake to roadrunners (meep! meep!) to the majestic ruby-throated hummingbird, come and learn about Animals of the High Plains! Concepts explored include food-webs, ecosystems, and habitats.

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Animals of the High Plains (PreK-2nd)

Got any animal-lovers and nature-lovers in your class? Maybe you're one yourself! Or maybe you'd just love to show your class the fascinating world of the Texas outdoors! From horned lizards and the ever-famous diamondback rattlesnake to...

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Explode!

Only Available by Special Request

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Fighting for Recognition: Women in Science

Who says girls can't be scientists? In this program, the DHDC will be highlighting some of the greatest female scientists of all time and exploring what made their work so important. These women's contributions, through their respective fields...

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Science Live! - Chemical Reactions (Prek-2nd)

Explore the how, why and WOW! of chemical reactions in this amazing program! Discover how chemical reactions create giant pools of never-ending foam, color-changing mixtures, and even some explosive creations! Students will dive into chemistry...

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Science Live! - Critters Live!

Meet the DHDC's smallest residents, including Bluff the Magic Dragon! He may not breathe fire, but he can handle some heat! Some of the concepts explored in Critters Live! include life cycles;habitats; differences within species; and learned vs....

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Science Live! - KABOOM!

Oxygen, fuel, and an ignition source. That's all you need for this spine-tingling Science Live! From fire tornadoes to barking dog rocket reactions, KABOOM! explores the science of combustion with demonstrations that will leave students cheering...

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Science Live! - Science Below Zero

Science Below Zero examines some of the chilliest science on the planet. Discover the physical changes which occur when solids, liquids, and gasses are exposed to the extreme cold of liquid nitrogen. Come and be amazed as we use liquid nitrogen...

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Science Live! - Science Below Zero 2.0

As our partner demonstration to Science Below Zero, Science Below Zero 2.0 continues to examine some of the chilliest science on the planet. We'll explore how liquid nitrogen is used in careers, make homemade ice cream, create indoor snow, and...

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Science Live! - Sciencepalooza

Sciencepalooza features the zaniest experiments in the Science Live! collection and explores a variety of science concepts. With a brand new series of demonstrations (eddy current guillotine, anyone?) exploring everything from optical illusions to...

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Science Live! - St. Nick's Science Show

Ever wonder how Santa fits down the chimney? Or how his sleigh flies? Well, a little bit of Christmas Spirit, joyful cheer, and Santa's magic is all you need to be a part of this winter wonder Science Live show! Join us for St. Nick's Science...

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Science Live! - The Science of Magic

Magicians' secrets revealed! For years magicians have relied on scientific principles for their most amazing illusions. Witness tricks such as secret messages written in disappearing ink and the bed of nails and uncover the science behind the magic!

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Science Live! - Unseen Forces: Physics at Work

Everything in our Universe moves and interacts. With the use of cannons, beads, and other crazy demonstrations, Unseen Forces investigates the relationship between force and motion and explains how these unseen forces are at work in our daily lives. 

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Science Live! - Weather Wonders

Much like fire, weather has three components, which are temperature, air pressure, and humidity! These atmospheric elements are largely invisible to the naked eye, but we're here to help you see them. From dry ice tornadoes to clouds in a box to...

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Talking Bones and Rocks

Did you know that bones and rocks could tell a story? Yes, they can! Every feature and every property of rocks and bones can tell us a story about their journey, including the story of our world! Some of them have even been used to tell parts of...

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Texas Insects and Their Relatives

Explore the world of some of the tiniest creatures in Texas! From the tarantula hawk wasp to butterflies to cicadas! Learn their incredible stories of birth and rebirth, and we'll even touch on some of the world's special creepy crawlies called...

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Science Center/Zoo

Contact

Heather Stover   dleducator@dhdc.org
1200 Streit Drive
Amarillo TX 79106
806-355-9547
United States

http://www.discoverycenteramarillo.org/educators

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Don Harrington Discovery Center Amarillo cover:

Best Practice
Brain Research
Career Education
Collaboration
Community Interests
Creating a School/Community Partnership (Vista)
Curriculum
Gifted & Talented
Health/Physical Education
Instructional Programs
Instructional Strategies
Mathematics
Problem Based Learning
Problem Solving
Professional Development
Professional Learning Community
Program Development
Sciences
Special Education
Special Needs
Standards
STEM
Technology/Information Science
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Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

"My students are in AP Chemistry so I was really worried about the content not being on a high enough level to entertain my students, but you guys did an amazing job! My students were thoroughly entertained and the level of explanation was right on par."

"The students learned a lot of scientific vocabulary about the concepts that they were able to take back to the classroom and share again. This is one experience they will remember for a long time! Thank you!"

"Science Live! was so engaging! The kids were so entranced with the experiments. Thanks so much!"

"We can always count on you making it engaging and fun for the students."

"Many of [our students] do not have the opportunity to go to the Discovery Center and it is thrilling for them to see a bit of The Discovery Center come to them! Thanks again for this program!!!"