STEM with DCM - DuPage Children's Museum | Virtual Labs


We are excited to offer hands-on programs virtually!

This school year is bringing a new set of challenges and DuPage Children’s Museum is here to help navigate the complexities. We’ve developed a variety of STEM Labs to spark curiosity and promote critical thinking through hands-on discovery – providing academic enrichment for virtual learning that is fun for students and easy for the adults. 


Our NGSS-aligned (Next Generation Science Standards) Labs motivate young learners to make big discoveries about Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Art!


Each 45 – 90 minute lab, suitable for students in grades 1 – 4, is led by an experienced DCM educator, and doesn’t require additional facilitation. Students are empowered to be the primary drivers of their own learning – by building, making, engineering, and experimenting their way through engaging STEM challenges. 



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Design, Build, & Test

Build A Bridge

Design, build, and test the strength of your own structure! This lab encourages young engineers to tackle practical problems with imaginative solutions, creating fantastically functional bridges.

Lab Length: 90 minutes

Cost: $35 Members  |  $45 Non-members


Saturday, November 21  |  1:00 – 2:30

Saturday, November 28  1:00 – 2:30

Saturday, December 5  1:00 – 2:30

Saturday, December 12  1:00 – 2:30 

Saturday, December 19  1:00 – 2:30


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Fall, Float, or Fly

Wings & Things

Will it fall, float, or fly? Explore the four forces of flight (thrust, lift, drag, and weight) and compare birds and planes to discover what makes a successful flying contraption.

Lab Length: 45 minutes

Cost: $15 Members  |  $20 Non-members


Monday, November 16  4:00 – 4:45

Monday, November 23  4:00 – 4:45

Thursday, December 3  4:00 – 4:45

Thursday, December 10  4:00 – 4:45

Monday, December 14  4:00 – 4:45


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Listen, Play, & Learn

Sound All Around

If we could see sound, what would it look like? What are sound waves and where do they come from? Conduct hands-on experiments that resonate with these questions, make a sound sandwich, and play a song together to learn more about how sound behaves!

Lab Length: 45 minutes

Cost: $20 Members  |  $25 Non-members


Thursday, November 19  4:00 – 4:45

Monday, November 30  4:00 – 4:45

Monday, December 7  4:00 – 4:45

Thursday, December 17  4:00 – 4:45


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Explore, Investigate, & Discover

Citizen Scientist

Nature is all around you! Explore your surroundings to discover the amazing organisms building their habitats alongside human-made environments.

Lab Length: 45 minutes

Cost: $15 Members  |  $20 Non-members



Light, Movement, & Shadows

Shadow Science

Shine a light on your creative talents (literally) and trace the Earth’s movement via shadows. Engage in small and large-scale art+science activities that highlight the constant motion of our solar system and make the connection between light, movement, and shadows.

Lab Length: 45 minutes

Cost: $15 Members  |  $20 Non-members



Investigate, Observe, & Predict

Weather Station

Can we predict the weather? What’s the difference between weather and climate? Join the investigation and make your own rain gauge, wind vane, and weather observation chart to learn more about the atmosphere around you!

Lab Length: 45 minutes

Cost: $20 Members  |  $25 Non-members



More Information

STEM with DCM labs will be held via Zoom meetings. 



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