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Spring Schedule up and running December 1st!

Contact academicadventures@thehealthmuseum.org for more information.


Fall Schedule

!!Updated schedule!! Please check the time and date of your classes, we had to reschedule some of them after Harvey. You will received email confirmation as well. Please don't hesitate to contact Victoria Utomi if you have questions or concerns: academicadventures@thehealthmuseum.org

August 26th classes are rescheduled to October 7th and September 9th Neuroscientist and Occupational Therapist classes are reschedule to October 14th

Register Now for Fall

The Health Museum, in partnership with the Duke University Talent Identification Program, proudly presents Academic Adventures in the Houston Museum District.  Open to fifth and sixth grade students who have participated in the Duke TIP 4th -6th  Grade Talent Search, these day long courses provide challenging, hands-on learning experiences that promote creativity and critical thinking while also allowing students to explore topics not typically covered in school. 

If you have questions contact AcademicAdventures@thehealthmuseum.org

September 9th

Pediatrician for a Day 

Ever wonder how you as a kid are different from adults? Or what your doctor looks for when you go for an appointment? As a pediatrician for a day, you will explore the field of pediatrics, the study of children and childhood diseases. From babies to teenagers, pediatricians take care of young people. Students will have a chance to use stethoscopes and other medical tools that Pediatricians use! This course will include a trip to the Texas Medical Center.

October 7th 

Microbe Detective 

Did you know every living thing is made up of cells?  A cell is the smallest unit of life.  Microbes or microorganisms are also tiny creatures that are not able to be seen with your eye!  Did you know almost everything is covered in microbes?  What exactly is a microbe?  Are they good, bad, dead or alive?  In this course, you will take the role of a microbiologist by learning how to use a microscope and differentiate between several microorganisms.

Epidemiologist for a Day

Have you ever wondered how epidemiologists study outbreaks of infectious diseases and what they can do to help prevent it from spreading? 

Veterinarian for a Day 

Do you like helping animals and people? Do you think you want to be a veterinarian, or do you want to know what being a vet is all about? Veterinarians are doctors trained to protect the health of both animals and people. As a veterinarian for a day, you will learn about the anatomy and physiology of animals, how to calculate the proper dosage of a drug, and injection techniques. You will also get to experience a little of what a surgery suite would be like by dressing for surgery, learning the different types of surgical instruments used by veterinarians, and some basic suturing patterns.  We will also cover a how to perform physical exams and make diagnoses, using a stethoscope, find out what to do if your pet has an injury, and much more!

October 14

Tissue Engineer for a Day  

Is it possible to grow new organs in a test tube? How do scientists design new types of materials to replace body parts? Tissue engineers are scientists that combine biology, materials science, and engineering in order to grow tissue in the laboratory. As a tissue engineer for a day, you will learn the fundamentals of biomaterials and how scientists work with cells and materials to design organs. Through hands-on experiments, you will design and build tissue engineering scaffolds for specific organs.

Pharmacist for a Day 

Have you ever wondered what happens before medication is given to a patient?  Pharmacists work behind the scenes in many different practice settings to make sure the right medications are given to the right patients in the safest way possible.  AS a pharmacist for a day, you will get to decide if your patents are receiving the correct medications and even learn how to make a medicated lollipop!  You will also take a trip to the Texas Medical Center to visit a hospital pharmacy and observe pharmacists in action.

Designing Incredible Machines 

Have you ever wondered about who thinks up the complex machines used in daily life?  Want to learn the concepts used to design machines as small as the sensors in a smart phone or as large as the crawler-transporter which was used to move the space shuttles? In this course, you will be introduced to the field of mechanical engineering and a number of basic engineering concepts which are used to design a wide range of machines. We will explore these concepts through a series of hands-on activities and apply them in design challenges.

October 21st

Neuroscientist for a Day is rescheduled to October 21st

Despite thousands of years of documented study, the nervous system still holds some of the greatest unanswered questions in science.  How are memories made? How does the brain communicate with the rest of the body? What are dreams and where do they originate within the brain? Around the globe, neuroscientists work together to find answers to these questions, as well as others. In this course, you will learn the basics of brain anatomy through a hands-on dissection from the perspective of a neuroscientist, model how the nervous system communicates, and perform memory experiments similar to those used in neuroscience laboratories. These hands-on activities will be accompanied by other experiments, as well as lectures and videos.

Occupational Therapist for a Day

Have you ever wondered who treats children with autism?  Or who helps people with dementia, strokes, or spinal cord injuries get better?  During this session, students will be introduced to the field of occupational therapy by learning a few of the rewarding tasks an occupational therapist does with clients of all ages!  In addition to hands on activities related to treating people with special needs, students will learn how to use adaptive equipment and how to design a safe environment for clients to live in. 

November 4

Cardiologist for a Day 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a cardiologist? In this course, you will have an opportunity to find out through interactions with medical professionals and explorations of technology at the Texas Medical Center. Learn more about cardiac anatomy through a hands-on dissection of a sheep’s heart.

Marine Biology: Wonders of the Sea

Interested in working with real sea life? Probe through oyster shells freshly plucked from Galveston Bay waters and dissect a dogfish shark! Students will have a chance to explore estuarine life and shark phylogeny, biology and ecology during this hands-on sea adventure!

Environmental Engineer for a Day

Ever wonder why it’s important to balance nature and human needs?  Students will have a chance to build a simple watershed to learn about the effect of pesticides used in agriculture, invent a holder for that’s animal safe and much more while learning the importance of Environmental Engineers in our society!  Come find out why engineers are at the forefront of designing renewable energy systems!

December 2nd

Engineer This 

Today's oil and gas industry is designed by chemical, mechanical, civil, petroleum, and electrical engineers using basic math and science principles to result in tremendous economic and environmental advantages in complex projects. We will start with discussing energy consumption, the different sources of energy, and how oil and natural gas are formed. We'll explore how to drill for oil, and the different recovery methods used today including fracking. In addition, we will briefly learn about offshore operations and the principle of buoyancy. We will conclude the day with an oil spill simulation – where each of the students will study the different clean-up methods used in industry. Students will learn through lectures, videos, and hands-on experiments.

Anesthesiologist for a Day

Ever wonder how people undergo surgery without feeling any pain? Or how they are put to sleep before the surgery? As an anesthesiologist for a day, you will explore the ways that humans are made to doze off so that they can undergo a surgical procedure. This course will include a trip to the Texas Medical Center and demonstration of how a rat is put to sleep with anesthesia, and how it wakes up once the anesthesia wears off.

Surgeon for a Day 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a surgeon?  In this course, you will have an opportunity to find out through interactions with medical professionals and explorations of technology in the OR.  In addition to hands-on dissection of a fetal pig specimen, this course will include a field trip to the Texas Medical Center.

Fall 2017


9:15am - check in  
9:50am - welcome session 
10:00am - classes start
4:00pm - classes conclude & closing session

Parents and students are welcome and encouraged to attend both welcome and closing sessions


$160 tuition per course covers the cost of all program material, supplies and lunch.  The $160 includes a $20 non-refundable registration fee.

Financial Aid : 

To apply for financial Aid download and complete this form :

E-Mail or mail the form and the required documents, before september 17th, 2017 to vutomi@thehealthmuseum.org or Attn: Victoria Utomi - The Health Museum - 1515 Hermann Drive - Houston, TX 77004

Registration is online only. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Upon registration, an acceptance packet will be sent electronically within 7 business days.  The packet must be completed and submitted by the deadline indicated.  All participants must show proof of health insurance. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be requested in writing to AcademicAdventures@thehealthmuseum.org , ten (10) business days prior to the scheduled program date to ensure a refund (minus $20 registration fee).  After that time, cancellations will result in forfeiture of payment except in case of illness (with doctor's note on letterhead), death of an immediate family member, or inclement weather.  Refunds will take approximately 3 weeks to process.

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