Middle School Programs

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(Grades 6-8)

To book a program, contact the corresponding department. Our programs meet West Virginia and Ohio Content Standards and Objectives.

Program fees vary, please call for detailed pricing information.


Science & Nature

PROGRAM
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FIELD TRIP
IN SCHOOL
DESCRIPTION
Biodiversity of a Stream
6-8
Explore aquatic life and what it reveals about the biological health of a stream through observation, sampling, and identification skills.
Owl Pellets
6
Learn owl biology and the importance of these animals on prey populations. Dissect owl pellets and identify the bones of small mammals and birds.
Regional Environmental Action Program (R.E.A.P.)
6
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Two or more days of hands-on learning that focuses on ecology. Lessons include taxonomy, comparative analysis of plant communities, stream biodiversity and animal adaptations. All activities take place in a camp-style setting and promote Earth stewardship. Call 304-242-6855 for pricing.

Visual Arts

PROGRAM
GRADE LEVEL
FIELD TRIP
IN SCHOOL
DESCRIPTION
Animation
6-8
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Using stop-motion animation, which is created by physically manipulating real-world objects and photographing them one frame at a time. Students will use Lego bricks, clay and wire to create 3-D animated movies. Available year-round. 4 hours – $400. Maximum of 24 students.
Art Explorers
6-8
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Art Explorers is a traveling Art History program that enables schools to choose prints and hands-on art projects from 13 different time periods in art history. All materials such as patterns, tools, inks, clay and more are included with each lesson. Available year-round. OI staff can instruct the program or schools may rent the kit(s).
Ceramics
6-8
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Students will complete the full process of ceramic art creation, use the pottery wheel, engage in trim work and glaze completed work. Program consists of 3 one-hour visits available year-round. $12.75 per student. Maximum of 24 students.
Connecting Art, History & Science through Raku
6-8
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This program integrates art, science and history through the Japanese pottery form of Raku. Students will learn about Japanese culture, create hand built teacups from clay, observe the Raku firing process and participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony. Available year-round. Program will be offered in 3 one-hour sessions.
Digital Movie Making
6-8
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Students will participate in workshops covering different aspects of movie making including screenwriting, storyboarding, acting, makeup & effects and camera use & equipment. Available year-round. 1 1/2 hours – $150.
Maximum of 24 students.
Digital Photography
6-8
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Students will learn digital photography while examining and photographing shapes, sequences and patterns around the Stifel building or your school building. Work will be uploaded to Photoshop for editing. This program is suitable for schools using iPads. Available year-round. 3 hours – $300. Maximum of 24 students.
i-Puppets
6-8
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Increase your students’ exposure to and interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) through an art-infused curriculum. This program combines creative dramatics, craft materials, robotic components and a custom visual-programming tool to build and animate robotic creations. Available year-round. OI staff can instruct the program or schools may purchase the kit(s).

Performing Arts

PROGRAM
GRADE LEVEL
FIELD TRIP
IN SCHOOL
DESCRIPTION
Instant Theater
6-8
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Learn the art of improvisation and how with a simple suggestion a scene or monologue can be made up on the spot. Available Sept. – Mar.

Dance

PROGRAM
GRADE LEVEL
FIELD TRIP
IN SCHOOL
DESCRIPTION
Kid’s Stretch & Flex
6-8
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Stress flexibility, muscle development and control using chairs & floor.
Appalachian Dance
6-8
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Try some “down home” dancing. Learn basic clogging steps and a short routine set to Appalachian music.

History

PROGRAM
GRADE LEVEL
FIELD TRIP
IN SCHOOL
DESCRIPTION
Glass Museum Tour
6-8
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Tour focuses on the history, products and importance of the Wheeling glass companies. See more than 3,500 pieces of glass and china that were produced locally and experience the excitement of how glass is made and used through a live glassblowing demonstration. Observing the artists at work enhances each student’s Museum experience by broadening understanding of the art: the physics and chemistry of glass, as well as its cultural and historical aspects. (Pre-lesson vocabulary and materials are available.) $4.25 per student for single museum. $6.25 per student for both museums.
Hot Glass Roadshow
6-8
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Hot Glass Roadshow is a fully operational traveling glassblowing studio complete with propane fired glass furnace. Our glass artist will demonstrate the process of creating art glass from molten form to finished product. Teacher packets including the historical significance of the glass industry, tools and equipment used in glass production and a glassworking vocabulary list are included. Hot Glass Roadshow is available as an assembly program in the fall and spring. $350. Call 304-242-7272 for more information.
Mansion Museum Tour
6-8
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While relating the story of Earl Oglebay and the Oglebay family (for whom the Mansion was a second home in which they lived seasonally from 1901-1926), the tour teaches students about life in the Ohio Valley from the era of George Washington to the times of the Titanic. Tour includes the historic Oglebay Mansion, the Wheeling History exhibit, Wymer General Store, and Oglebay family exhibits. $4.25 per student for single museum. $6.25 per student for both museums.
Monument Place
6-8
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Monument Place, also know as the Osiris Temple in Elm Grove, is the most historic house in Wheeling. Built by Moses and Lydia Shepherd in 1798, the home was visited by six US presidents and other early American dignitaries such as Henry Clay. This Power Point presentation illustrates the history of this grand building.
The National Road
6-8
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This Power Point presentation explores the history of America’s first federally funded highway, now Route 40, from its construction by the Shepherd family and its use as a National highway traveled by presidents and people moving westward, as well as its use as a local road today.
The Ohio River
6-8
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From its history as a major transportation route during the French and Indian War and its role in founding Wheeling to its use as a highway for industry, the Ohio River is one of the most important features in Wheeling history. This Power Point presentation chronicles the history and stories of the river from steamboats to barges.
Roller Coasters, Fairs and Frolics: Wheeling’s Amusement Parks
6-8
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Wheeling boasted several amusement parks, including Wheeling Park, the West Virginia State fairground on Wheeling Island, Mozart Park, and Luna Park, located on an island on the Ohio River that is no longer in existence. All of these featured wooden roller coasters and other rides and amusements. Wheeling Park boasted West Virginia’s first water slide while the state fairgrounds featured the state’s largest swimming pool! This Power Point presentation features a look at Wheeling’s amusement parks taken from the postcard collection of Ellen Dunable.
Streetcars, Trains and Trolleys: Transportation in Wheeling
6-8
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How did people in Wheeling travel before the automobile? This Power Point presentation looks a public transportation in the city from horse-drawn trolleys to trolleys powered by steam and electricity. Wheeling was one of America’s first cities to adopt the electric trolley, and even had its own incline. A history of the B & O Railroad is also featured.