MoPOP’s hands-on, student-centered workshops link WA State core learning objectives and 21st century skills with our exhibit content. All workshops are facilitated by trained educators who are experts at connecting the themes and ideas in the gallery with fun, creative, hands-on projects.
$110 / class of up to 30 students with museum admission
Workshops are available beginning at 9:30 AM and are scheduled based on your group’s arrival time. Each workshop lasts approximately one hour and includes classroom and gallery explorations.
For more information, contact the Education Program Coordinator, at Education@MoPOP.org or 206-262-3239.
AVAILABLE In-Museum WORKSHOPS
Building New Worlds: Science Fiction Story Builder
What can stories like Star Trek, The Hunger Games, and WALL-E tell us about our own society? We’ll examine what makes science fiction stories unique, explore some common questions posed by science fiction stories, and seek out inspiration for our own stories in the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit!
The Hero’s Journey in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Embark on a hero’s journey through science fiction and fantasy! From Star Wars to Wonder Woman and beyond, we’ll examine the role of the hero and common elements in hero stories. In this class, we’ll investigate Joseph Campbell’s idea of the monomyth and the hero’s journey to explore story structure and start writing our own stories inspired by examples from MoPOP’s galleries.
STEAM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, AND MATH)
Architecture Tour: Inside Frank Gehry’s MoPOP
Explore the art of architecture as we investigate Frank Gehry and the MoPOP building! We’ll investigate Gehry’s designs, learn about MoPOP’s construction and visit some of its iconic architectural elements, and design our own museum space using recycled materials.
The Science of Science Fiction
What role does technology play in science-fiction stories and how does it inspire today’s scientific advances? From Star Trek to Doctor Who and beyond, we’ll examine how science-fiction stories use technology to set the scene and help their characters solve problems. We’ll explore examples, gather inspiration from the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit, and design our own sci-fi technology that can help us resolve a futuristic problem.
Science of Sound
What is sound? How does it travel, and what does it look like? Together, we’ll investigate vibrations, pitch, amplitude, mediums, and more, we’ll explore how sound waves are generated, transmitted, and received. Experiment with sound effects, explore sound waves using an oscilloscope, use instruments to create your own band, and explore the museum’s galleries to continue your learning!
LANGUAGE ARTS + SOCIAL STUDIES
This Machine Kills Fascists: Pop Culture and Social Activism
Through songs, visual arts, dance, clothing and more, pop culture plays a critical role in social and political activism. From musicians who use their songs as a call to action to photographers and painters who use images as a protest, pop culture is a powerful means of speaking out about contemporary problems. In this program, students will engage with pop culture social activism as seen in museum artifacts and explore activities that inspire them to use their own creativity as a way to process collective anger, raise awareness, and let their voices be heard.
Crafting Worlds and Building Communities
What can simulation games like Minecraft teach us about establishing community, economic strategies, and effective use of our natural resources? From meeting basic survival needs to refining resources and bartering, we’ll investigate how communities form, develop, and grow. Students will learn the difference between needs and wants, how to use their resources effectively, and try their hand at bartering with other communities using simulated habitats in an interactive, real-life game environment.