STEMS Outreach is a great way for your students to experience the educational programs of The Schiele Museum without the logistics of planning a field trip! STEMS Outreach brings the collections and resources of The Schiele Museum to schools across the region in high quality curriculum-based programs.

Experienced Schiele Museum educators bring all needed materials and equipment to make each program an exciting and enriching learning experience. Each program is adjusted to meet the learning level and curriculum goals of your group.

Current programs offered for Educational Outreach:


These small group lessons teach science through hands-on/minds-on activities and guided explorations. Sessions include opportunities for students to learn through scientific inquiry, examination, experimentation, and analysis. Each program is adjusted to meet the learning level and curriculum goals of your group. Maximum group size is one class of 25 students. Most classes last 50 minutes.

Gems & Minerals: Students use identification and sorting techniques to find, examine, and classify minerals. Treasure-seekers will use a running water sluice to find gemstones to keep.

Matter & Energy Lab: Conduct experiments and analyze demonstrations to learn about properties of matter and how they are effected by different forms of energy.

Animal Dissection: Examine internal structures, identify organs, and study their function. Choice of specimens: frog or squid.

Rocks, Minerals, & Fossils: Classify rocks based on basic properties and special characteristics through a series of tests. Discover the link between rocks, minerals, fossils, and our everyday lives.

Soil & Water: Experiment with soils to discover their basic properties and components and why some soils are better for growing plants than others.

Star Lab: Learn about the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars using a portable planetarium.


These interactive programs showcase museum collections and resources in dynamic ways. Sessions include attention-grabbing demonstrations and opportunities for student participation to illustrate exciting natural science and history concepts. Each program is adjusted to meet the learning level and curriculum goals of your group. Maximum group size is 150 students. Most programs last one

Animal Adaptations: Learn about the diversity of the animal kingdom and how animals use adaptations to survive in varying habitats. Program includes live and preserved specimens.

Woodland Indians: Discover how people survived 500 years ago right here in the Carolinas with our high quality collection of tools.

Weather: Find out how air, water, sunlight, and gravity combine to create Earth 's weather systems through dynamic demonstrations.

Dirt Made My Lunch: Discover where food comes from, how to make healthy food choices, and the best ways to handle food waste through engaging demonstrations.


These interactive tabletop displays are perfect for festivals, science nights, and community events. Displays showcase museum collections and resources and provide hands-on
opportunities for students and other visitors. Each program is adjusted to meet the needs of your event. No limit on the amount of participants. Operation time based on your event needs.

Animal Adaptations: Guests will have lots of hands-on opportunities while learning about the diversity of the animal kingdom. This display includes live and preserved specimens and may be tailored to your event theme.

Woodland Indians: Guests will have a chance to examine our high quality collections of tools while exploring how people met their basic needs in the Carolinas before European Colonization.

Rocks, Minerals, & Fossils: Guests will discover how rocks, minerals, and fossils effect their daily lives. This display provides lots of hands-on opportunities with high quality specimens. 

NC and SC Curriculum Standards

The Schiele Museum's STEMS Outreach Program addresses critical standards for public education. For specific curriculum standards met by our programs call 704.854.6676. 

Fees and Scheduling

STEM Classes: .......................................... $110 each

STEM Presentations: ................................ $250 each

STEM Interactive Displays: ...................... $250 per event

Mileage: .................................................... $0.55 per mile beyond 50 miles from Gastonia

Overnight Fee (if required): ..................... $150 per night

You may call 704.854.6676 for more information and scheduling.