Weekday Labs Frequently Asked Questions

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

Weekday Labs at HMNS Sugar Land
Time: 9:30, 11:00 and 1:00
Dates: Select Thursdays and Fridays each month
Capacity: 25 students per lab

Frequently Asked Questions:
There are some changes to the Weekday Labs for the 2015-2016 school year and you may have questions! We have prepared these FAQ’s to help you:

  1. What about weekday labs is changing this year?
    We have increased the number of Labs on Demand available to you. If you are interested in a particular topic, be sure to stop by the Education Office to speak with the registrar or email Educationquestions@hmns.org.
  2. What about weekday labs is remaining the same?
    For the 2015-2016 school year, the lab prices and maximum class size remain the same, as are the teachers for Time, Wildlife, TechnoScience, , Earth Science and Dissection labs. As always, the purchase of a lab allows your 25 students and their accompanying chaperones into the permanent exhibit halls at no charge.
  3. Are the policies for the Weekday Labs at the George Observatory the same?
    No. The George Observatory is an offsite facility, managed by HMNS, located in a state park. Due to this, the policies for the George Observatory are different than those at HMNS. George Observatory class schedule will be emailed to you separately.
  4. How do I register for labs?
    For the 2015-2016 school year, please use the form included on the accompanying email to select your preferred labs. Please list your preferred labs consecutively by date, not age group. You will email the form(s) to EducationQuestions@hmns.org.
  5. When are the forms due?
    Pre-registration forms for labs will be due, by email only, on April 3rd, 2015, beginning at 7:00 AM. Registration forms will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  6. Does the registration form guarantee me the classes and times I selected?
    Every effort will be made to fulfill your desired schedule. A formal schedule and initial invoice will be sent to you on April 17th and the classes indicated on this schedule are guaranteed to be yours. This will enable you to offer the classes to your group and collect lab fees. Final invoices will be emailed to you on August 17th. Any changes to the schedule need to be made by August 21st.
  7. I am afraid I won’t get the labs I want. Should I sign up for more labs than I need?
    To make this as fair as possible, please do not request more classes than you can reasonably fill. We hope, by allowing early access for scheduling, you will be able to recruit students and collect money before payment is due.
  8. When is payment due and what happens if I miss the payment deadline?
    Payment in full is due for the Fall semester on August 28th, 2015 and December 4th for Spring semester. On September 4th, all unpaid classes will be released and made available for purchase by others. A 20% charge per class may be applied to any cancellations or changes made after payment is received.
  9. Why is the dissection lab more expensive?
    The Dissection labs are more expensive because of the specialized equipment and specimens.
  10. Why is there a cancellation policy?
    The Museum’s education staff is very limited. Last minute cancellations affect our staff and supply costs. This small fee covers some of our losses.
  11. I heard you had some special events for students and educators this year. How can I learn more?
    Sign up for our Educator eBlast! This is the best way to learn about all the upcoming events at HMNS and get in on the special events that pop up from time to time!
    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:
    • Physical science:
      • Chemistry
      • Force and Motion
      • Electricity
      • Light and Optics
    • History and Culture:
      • Ancient Egypt – To complement our new Egyptian exhibit hall
      • Ancient and Medieval History Topics
      • Classes based on current or past exhibitions
    • Biology:
      • Cells
      • Animal Adaptations
      • Life Cycles
    • Earth Science:
      • Rock Cycle
      • Paleontology – including our new Fossil Shark Tooth Lab
      • Earth Systems Topics (moon phases, tides, water cycle, solar system)
    • Dissection* – please enquire regarding particular specimen availability:
      • Specimen dissections
      • Organ dissections

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
Costs are lab dependent :

$200 – standard Lab on Demand
$200 – dissection Lab on Demand (dissection lab prices may vary depending on dissection requested)
$200-$450 – Advanced Lab Topics for High School

Located Here
HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277

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