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As a physical science teacher, one of my jobs is to teach my students how to measure like scientists. This includes, but of course is not limited to, distance with a ruler and mass with a balance. That is why I like to do a lab with the density blocks very early in the year. You use the rule to measure the length, width, and height of the blocks (in this case they're cubes, but hopefully sometime the Resource House will get some non-cube blocks) to calculate volume. They get practice using the triple beam balance finding mass. Finally they get to calculate density and put the blocks in order by density. A fun and engaging way to learn about the importance of measurement. Oh yeah, it's totally free too (thanks Resource House).


On Monday, December 3, the Science Museum's Science House officially opened its doors as a resource center for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators around the state.

Check out Science House!: Science House is not only a cool new resource for teachers, but it's also a zero-emissions, environmental demonstration building.
Check out Science House!: Science House is not only a cool new resource for teachers, but it's also a zero-emissions, environmental demonstration building.Courtesy SMM

Science House is a place where educators can check out classroom sets of hands-on materials for their students, engage in formal and informal consultation and professional development, and discuss education issues with friends and colleagues in a comfortable and creative environment.

Membership is available to districts for an annual fee. Any teacher within that district may make unlimited use of Science House during the school year. Colleges and universities can also become members.

Members of Science House can:

  • Borrow a complete set of skulls for comparative anatomy inquiry lessons with students;
  • Talk with a geologist, biologist, chemist, engineer, or mathematician about concepts that are interesting or confusing;
  • Try out a telescope, then borrow it for a student camping trip;
  • Learn about Minnesota's Academic Standards in Science and Mathematics align with national documents by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the National Research Council;
  • Meet a colleague from another school or district to review a lesson plan;
  • Enjoy a hot cup of coffee while grading papers;
  • Consult with a professional development specialist about how to integrate more mathematics into an upcoming science unit;
  • Take advantage of lab space, wireless access, and professional consultation to design lessons and meet potential partners, and much more.

Science House is open:

  • Monday - Thursday: 3:30 - 6:30 pm
  • Friday: 3:30 - 6 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed

(Please note: Science House will be closed December 24 - January 1 for holiday break.)

Hours are subject to change; please check the Science House webpage for updates.