STEAM at the Museum (on hiatus)

For 2016-2017, STEAM at the Museum will be offered at Spalding House with our tour Natural Selection. Free transportation is provided for qualifying schools.

Grades: 3-8
Tour length: 3 hours
Location: 900 S. Beretania Street
Day: Monday
Times: 9 am - 12 pm
Group Size: 120 maximum per tour

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​Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​ ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


This year, we are offering a guided school tour specifically for Title 1 students! If you are a Title 1 school, join us on the first or third Monday of every month for a morning of learning and exploration as we look at the intersections of math, science and art.

Infuse the creativity of the arts into your STEM curriculum with our STEAM tour. On this tour, students will discover the elements of art as they overlap with concepts in math and science. Students will explore different galleries, examine art closely, and participate in hands-on activities. Each student will receive this activity booklet with art, math and science activities to take back to the classroom. This is a unique opportunity for students to participate in experiential learning outside the classroom while meeting fine arts, math, and science benchmarks.


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Dawn Sueoka at

Artwork on this tour:
Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). Annelies, White Tulips, and Anemones 1944. Oil on canvas. Gift of the Friends of the Academy, 1946 (376.1).

Robert Delaunay, French (1885-1941), Rainbow, 1913, oil on canvas, 34 9/16 x 39 5/16 in. Purchase, 1966.

Michael Paulik, Untitled, 1982, blown glass vessel from multiple colors.

Six Star Tiles. Iran, c. Late 13th or early 14th Century. Glazed stone-paste, underglaze-painted, overglaze-painted luster. Wilhelmina Tenny Memorial Collection. Gift of Renee Halbedl, 1960, (2713.1, 2717.1, 2718.1, 2719.1, 2720.1, 2724.1)/ Two Cross Tiles (Two Objects). Iran, 14th Century. Glazed stone-paste. Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, (48.395, 48.393).

Connecting to Standards

General Learner Outcomes

GLO #1: Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

Standard 1: Scientific Investigation: Discover, invent and investigate using the skills necessary to engage in the scientific process
Standard 2: Nature of Science: Understand that science, technology, and society are interrelated
Standard 6: Nature of Matter and Energy: Understand the nature of matter and energy, forms of energy (including waves) and energy transformations, and their significance in understanding the structure of the universe
Standard 7: Force and Motion: Understand the relationship between force, mass, and motion of objects; and know the major natural forces: gravitational, electric, and magnetic
Standard 8: Earth and Space Science: Understand the Earth and its processes, the solar system, and the universe and its contents

Model with mathematics
Math.MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically
Math.MP.6 Attend to precision

Fine Arts
Standard 1: Visual Arts:
Understand and apply art materials, techniques, and processes in the creation of works of art and understand how the visual arts communicate a variety of ideas, feelings, and experiences