HMNS and HMNS Sugar Land Weekday Labs and Labs on Demand 2014-2015

Our interactive labs feature Museum specimens, artifacts and laboratory equipment. Students examine ancient objects, investigate technology, meet live animals or conduct scientific experiments depending on the nature of the lab booking. Each lab lasts one hour and includes admission to the Museum'€™s permanent exhibit halls for lab participants. New lab topics are available monthly.

Weekday Labs at HMNS

Time: 9:30, 11:00 and 1:00
Dates: Select dates each month
Capacity: 25 students per lab
Cost: $165 per lab; $200 for Dissection Lab*

Weekday Labs at HMNS Sugar Land

Time: 9:30, 11:00 and 1:00
Dates: Select Thursdays and Fridays monthly
Capacity: 25 students per lab
Cost: $165 per lab; $200 for Dissection Lab*

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I register for labs?
Contact Matti Hammett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it any time after June 1st 2014 to schedule classes for next fall or spring. Don't hesitate to contact me even if you feel like it is short notice to schedule a lab: We are usually capable of finding a time that works for everybody.

How do I register for additional venues such as special exhibitions and other paid experiences?
Matti Hammett will help you arrange any additional venues you may require.

When is payment due?
Fall semester payment is due by August 22, 2014, and spring semester payment is due by December 5, 2014. To process payment, follow the instructions on the invoice you receive.

Are there any other opportunities for labs other than the monthly offerings?
Yes! We have Labs on Demand. The cost for a Lab on Demand depends upon what your group would like to experience. Payment is due on the day of your scheduled visit. If you wish to pay prior to your visit, follow the instructions on the invoice you receive.

Our interactive Labs on Demand offer the instructor the opportunity to select the topic that best suits their students at any given time. Labs are one hour (excluding some Advanced Labs) and can accommodate up to 25 students.

Labs on Demand include entry to the Permanent exhibit halls for all students and their chaperones.
Topics include but are not limited to:

Time Labs

Age of Exploration (October)
Let'€™s circumnavigate the globe together as we discover the intrepid explorers who took to the seas.

Civil War Science (November )
Argued by some to be the first €œmodern€ war, come explore what made this conflict different than those before.

Inventions of the Industrial Revolution (December)
From agrarian to urban and driven by steam, come discover the inventions that drove this revolution.

The Race for Space! (January ) Delve into the great race and explore the extreme competition between the United States and the Soviets for primacy in space.

History of Espionage (February)
Do you have what it takes to crack the case? Discover the history of the covert world of espionage.

Spice (March)
Follow the spice routes as you take a flavorful journey to investigate spices and their impact on economy, health and food.

Wildlife Labs

Just Keep Swimming (September)
Become an amateur ichthyologist in this lab all about fish fins. After class, test your knowledge in the Alfred C. Glassel, Jr. Hall of the museum.

Swamp Thing(s) (October )
Dig up the truth on the animals in the muck as we encounter wetland wildlife.

Rodents: Gnaw-t So Bad After All (December )
From pests to pets, rodents are everywhere. But do they really deserve the bad rap? Interact with these toothy mammals and judge for yourself.

Critter Caverns (February )
Study some spectacular spelunkers in this lab all about cave-dwelling wildlife!

Space Invaders (March )
What happens when the animal brought in for pest control becomes the pest? Meet the invasive species that moved in and made themselves at home, whether we like it or not.

Crustacean Station (April)
What do lobsters, sea monkeys and pill bugs have in common? Immerse yourself in the world of these leggy arthropods to discover how they are all connected.

Chompin'€™ Chelicerates (May)
How can an animal with no jaws be known for its vicious, venomous bite? Hang out with chelicerates such as spiders, horseshoe crabs and more to find out!

Earth Science Labs

Rock Cycle (October )
Sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous, oh my! Take a spin through the rock cycle and investigate how rocks are changed and formed.

Rocks and Minerals (February )
Discover the difference between rocks and minerals and learn how you use them daily.

Moh€™s Harbdness Scale (April )
Moh€™s scale helps determine how useful a mineral can be. In this lab you will test some minerals and learn their uses.

Land Forms (May )
In this first class in a yearly series, you will explore the basic landforms found in Texas.

ConocoPhillips TechnoScience Labs

Optical Illusions (September )
Investigate ambiguous pictures, impossible shapes, strobe effects and other amazing illusions.

Balancing Act (November )
From levers and mobiles to leaning towers, explore the center of mass and find out why it matters.

Speed (December )
Explore circular motion and discover which shapes are speediest.

Discovering Density (January )
Discover how hot air balloons rise, why rocks sink, and what makes submarines go up and down.

Marvelous Mixtures (April )
Investigate properties of solutions, colloids, alloys and other mixtures.

Sound Science (May )
Use tuning forks and tubes to investigate pitch, resonance and the science of music.

Dissection Labs*
Featuring dissections for grades 5-10.

Colossal Calamari (September )
What animal uses jet propulsion and has its own ink supply? Discover this and more as you delve deep into this intriguing cephalopod, the squid. Includes squid dissection.

Raining Ranids (November)
A classic example of vertebrate anatomy, the frog still has a few surprises in store. Find out what'€™s weird about these lean bug-eating machines. Includes frog dissection.

Tugging on Your Heartstrings (January)
Nothing beats that 'Aww' moment! Take an in-depth look at one powerful muscle, the heart. Includes sheep heart dissection.

Leaping Lubbers (March)
From tasty morsels to plague proportions, grasshoppers have long been a part of human history. Explore insect anatomy as you look at the Lubber grasshopper (Romalea). Includes grasshopper dissection.

Do not hesitate to email or call to address your particular needs if you do not see them included on this list. We have lots of options to suit your specific needs.

Lab on Demand at HMNS and HMNS Sugar Land Locations

Time: Mutually agreed upon time
Dates: Mutually agreed upon date
Capacity: 25 students per lab
Cost:Lab Dependent $200 €“ standard Lab on Demand
$250 dissection Lab on Demand
$200-$450 €“ Advanced Lab Topics for High School

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