Science Alive

Science Alive conducts education and outreach for the Desert Research Institute (DRI), a global scientific research and development institute under the Nevada System of Higher Education. The mission of Science Alive is to support pre-K-12 educators in science-based, environmental education by providing the tools, resources, and knowledge they need, so all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work, live and contribute in our community. Science Alive achieves our mission by providing inquiry based STEM Curriculum through our Green Boxes, offering Teacher Trainings and Workshops throughout the school year, and through School Support in the form of speakers, field trips, and special opportunities.

Kermit R. Booker Senior Innovative Elementary School

Located in Las Vegas for over 60 years Kermit R. Booker Sr. Innovative Elementary School is deeply rooted and tied to the Las Vegas Community. Kermit Booker is a Victory School, with curriculum based on S.T.E.A.M. We inspire, challenge, and engage the minds of the future through innovation, collaboration, and recognition.

Engineer Girl Contest

Every year EngineerGirl hosts a writing contest to encourage students, grades 3-12, to investigate engineering and the ways that it shapes our world. Our hope is that the competition can spark discussion and activities that can enhance or extend the material you are already teaching.Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. Usually the announcement is posted in the fall with judging and winners announced in the spring or summer. Write your essay according to the current topic and format found on our website.

ExploraVison

The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.
ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2-4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time.

The Planetarium

Welcome to Southern Nevada’s only public planetarium, where the stars are literally the stars of the show. Our 68-seat theater features an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 high definition hemispheric video projection system that creates virtual realities on an impressive dome surrounding the audience.

We present different events and shows to the general public on weekends and to local schools on weekday mornings. In addition, the Las Vegas Astronomical Society calls our planetarium home, and the CSN college astronomy professors use the facilities during introductory astronomy courses.

Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve is the premier place in Las Vegas to explore the valley’s vibrant history through interactive science and nature exhibits, a botanical garden, hiking, trails, and live animal shows. Our mission is to create a visitor experience that builds culture and community, inspires environmental stewardship and celebrates the vibrant history of the Las Vegas Valley.

Spring Preserve Summer Camp

We’re made for adventure at the Springs Preserve! It’s Las Vegas’ ultimate kids’ nature playground, with different themes every week.

Great Basin Outdoor School

Fun, hands-on lessons lead to life changing experiences for children! Experience it for yourself on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Fifth and sixth grade classes build healthy habits, academic and social skills, and a connection to community and the natural world. Children and young adults hike or snowshoe in the area learning local ecology during the multi-day overnight camps. The activities meet curriculum standards while also providing a sense of stewardship towards the surroundings, including reducing fire danger and keeping Lake Tahoe blue. Great Basin Outdoor School operates exclusively in Nevada and has served thousands of children as a 501(c)(3) non-profit since 1998.

The Discovery Children’s Museum

The DISCOVERY Children’s Museum 58,000-square-foot building is home to nine-themed exhibition halls totaling 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on core exhibits. The 5,000 square foot Featured Exhibitions Gallery is large enough to accommodate major exhibits from the nation’s leading museums. The new location is a safe, easily accessible, family-oriented and energetic educational destination that offers visitors extraordinary learning experiences and enhanced school, public and extended STEAM programs.

Camp Invention at Thomas O’Roarke Elementary School

Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Our unrivaled program presents essential STEM concepts through the most creative hands-on activities. By combining learning and fun, we satisfy parents, educators and children, earning an approval rating of more than 90%. Our summer enrichment day experience is designed for children entering grades one through six. Free to schools and organizations that host our program nationwide, Camp Invention features collaborative learning opportunities led by local teachers in a safe environment. Year after year, we offer innovative curricula that align with state and national education standards and meet our own rigorous testing requirements. We strive to enhance each child’s ability to learn through teamwork and subject immersion while providing exciting challenges and cultivating a new appreciation for discovery.