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Learning Lab

Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

Use modern science techniques to gather information and unlock the secrets of past civilizations. Discover how magnetic surveying technology can help archaeologists find, record and analyze hidden objects. Students will examine reproductions of artifacts and develop ideas for how they were used.

Minimum/Maximum class size: 16/32 students

Grade Level: 
3, 4 and 5
Learning Goals: 
  • Discover how archaeologists use evidence and observations to make hypotheses about past cultures.
  • Understand that technology is a part of all human cultures.
  • Formulate reasonable explanations based on evidence collected from observations or experiments.
Academic Standard Strand: 
Nature of Science & Engineering
Experience Run Time: 
50 minutes
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Reservation Required: 
Museum Admission plus Additional Fee
Specific Cost: 
$6 per student
Physical Location: 
Only at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Specific Location: 
Education Classrooms, Level 2

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.