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Gifted and Talented Workshops at the Museum!

The gifted and talented program at The Health Museum consists of day-long courses that provide challenging, hands-on learning experiences. These workshops promote creativity and critical thinking, while also allowing students to explore topics not typically covered in school. The cost for each weekend workshop is $120.

Workshop Schedule


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a surgeon? In this course, you will learn about the different types of surgeons, participate in a fetal pig dissection, and learn about what it's really like to be in the operating room!


Interested in cancer research? In this course, you'll learn the basics of genetics research, relationships among DNA, genes, and chromosomes! You will also learn about the effects of different mutations on gene sequences and resulting proteins and how to create a genetics risk assessment!


The perfect course to explore a passion for science and creativity! During Curator for a Day, students will have the chance to view microscopy collections from the National Institute of Health and curate a photography exhibit that will be installed at The Health Museum for Summer 2020! This course will expand your student’s understanding of the incredible world of cell biology and expose them to a behind scenes look at how exhibits are designed.


Have you ever wondered how epidemiologists study outbreaks of infectious diseases and what they can do to help prevent them from spreading? Race against the clock to solve a challenge where you and your socially distant teammates are tasked to find the antidote to save lives. Students will also have a chance to explore ways that diseases are spread and more while trying to understand what it takes to stop an outbreak! Students will also have an opportunity to speak to epidemiologists on Sunday in a virtual session.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a surgeon? In this course, you will learn about the different types of surgeons, participate in a fetal pig dissection, and learn about what it's really like to be in the operating room!


Is it possible to grow new organs in a test tube? How do scientists design new types of materials to replace body parts? This branch of engineering consists of scientists that combine biology, materials science, and engineering design in order to grow tissue in the laboratory as well as design biomedical equipment and devices. You will learn the fundamentals of biomaterials and how scientists work with cells and materials to design organs. Through hands-on experiments, you will learn the fundamentals of what it takes to be a biomedical engineer.


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. 


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.


Humans have successfully conquered the skies, and we are now in the process of conquering space. However, we must learn not only how to survive but how to thrive outside of planet Earth. Join our aerospace crew and become one of the pioneers of aerospace medicine! During this experience, students will learn how pilots, astronauts, and aerospace crew members prepare to undergo missions, including physiological training and team-building skills. We will also explore the new advances in aerospace medicine. Furthermore, students will work in teams to develop new technologies in an innovation challenge.


Was it a crime or an accident? Become a forensic doctor to help solve the most intriguing medical mysteries and bring justice to light. Forensic medicine arises from the history between law and medicine. In this course, students will take a deep dive into this field; learning about the interplay of medicine, pathology, law, and ethics in forensic work. Students will also learn laboratory techniques used in forensic medicine, and finally, they will use all the acquired knowledge to solve a crime.

Health and Safety

Students will be divided into groups of 10 or fewer students for the in-person sessions on Saturdays. The sessions will take place in large rooms that allow for adequate distancing. Masks are required for all students and staff.

To find out what steps The Health Museum has taken to protect the safety of guests and staff, click here.

If you have your seat reserved from cancellation in 2020, please email send an email to Ashley Alexander at and her know which course you’d like to attend.

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Ashley Alexander

Education Program Specialist
713-521-1515 ext. 124

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