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Motion Commotion

Motion CommotionTopple towers, move objects through a maze, and turn movement into paintings! Students provide the force needed to make objects move in various ways and directions. Share ideas and explanations about what students observe and develop questions about motion and its causes. Let investigations about pushes and pulls set young minds into motion.

LEARNING LAB MAX: 32 students per lab session, with 3 lab sessions available per hour
TIME: 50 minutes
GRADE: Designed for Kindergarten - grade 2
COST: $6 per lab, per student. This does not include museum admission.


  • Pushing or pulling an object can change how it moves.
  • Objects can move in many ways such as straight, zigzag, round and round, back and forth, slow and fast.
  • Scientists ask questions and make observations based on interactions with objects.



The Nature of Science and Engineering - Use observations to develop an accurate description of a natural phenomenon and compare one's observations and descriptions with those of others. - When asked "How do you know?" students support their answer with observations. - Raise questions about the natural world and seek answers by making careful observations, noting what happens when you interact with an object, and sharing the answers with others.

Physical Science - Describe an object's change in position relative to other objects or a background.
For example: Forward, backward, going up, going down. - Demonstrate that objects move in a variety of ways, including a straight line, a curve, a circle, back and forth, and at different speeds.
For example: Spinning toy and rocking toy. - Describe how push and pull forces can make objects move.
For example: Push and pull objects on smooth and rough surfaces.

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Learning Labs are available for school groups at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. They occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during October-November and January-May. (In May, Tuesdays also become available.) Minimum/Maximum class size: 16/32 students. Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance for Learning Labs. To make your reservation, fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request, email , or call (651) 221-9444 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learning Labs Price: $6 per lab, per student. Requires museum admission. Minimum 16, maximum 32 students per lab.