Turn your classroom into a science learning laboratory.

Our Explore Kits are FREE and engaging science kits filled with hands-on teaching tools.

Follow the included lesson plans, or use the activities to supplement your own curriculum!

1. Find a kit

Choose from a variety of kits for grades K-8.

2. check out a kit

To check out a kit, please fill out the electronic form below. Or, email Lauren at laurenr@explorationworks.org.

Explore Kits are delivered via the Helena School District inter-school mail. Kits may also be picked up - by appointment only - at ExplorationWorks, Tuesday – Saturday between 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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3. return a kit

Simply return your kit through interschool mail or to ExplorationWorks within two weeks, or call to request a renewal.

Kits available:

•    Senses: Hearing – Grades K-2nd
•    Senses: Touch – Grades K-2nd
•    Senses: Taste – Grades K – 2nd
•    Senses: Smell – Grades K-2nd
•    Geology: Grades K-3rd & 6th
•    Measurement: Grades K-1st
•    Circulation: Grades 4th-6th
•    Muscles: Grades 3rd-5th
•    Nervous System: Grades 3rd-5th
•    Solar System: Grades K-5th
•    Respiration: Grades 3rd-5th
•    Rocks: Grades K-4th
•    Skeleton: Grades 3rd-6th
•    Weather: Grades 3rd-5th
•    Intro to Human Body Systems: K-2nd
•    Cells: Grade 5
•    Digestion: Grades 3rd-5th

The following kits are also available. These kits are composed of basic hands-on or visual teaching aids, with no formal lesson plans included. For more information on the kits listed below, please contact Lauren Rivers at laurenr@explorationworks.org or call 406.603.4311.

  • Simple Machines

  • Seeds & Leaves

  • Paleontology

  • Comparative Zoology

    • Two boxes of animal x-rays

    • Horse baby tooth

    • Comparative animal hearts (specimen)

    • Comparative animal brains (specimen)

    • Mammal field guide

    • Animal bite kit (molds of animal teeth with labels)

  • Biomes

    • Geography terms poster

    • Predator, prey, biomes quizmo game

    • Biome comparisons with teacher guide

  • Conservation

  • Oceans

    • 20 ocean specimens to study

  • Sun Spotting

    • Sun spotter telescope

    • Solar bag (large-scale outdoor demo)

    • Sun model

  • Energy Conservation

    • Water cycle poster

    • Earth-o-poly game

    • Renewable energy kit

  • Animal Kingdom Taxonomy Survey

    • Kit with specimens

  • Visible Spectrum

    • Spectrophotometer

    • Illusion box

    • Lens and prism set (6)

    • Laser box, optical set, and instruction model

    • Power supply

    • One pair of diffraction glasses

    • LED - color wavelength array

  • DNA Models

    • DNA model sets (5)

    • DNA display molecule (1)

  • Magnets

    • Tsukimi kit

    • Happy sad balls (negative/positive magnets)

    • Ball and ring expansion set

    • Magnetic lines of force

    • Eddy Current demonstration

    • Iron filing demonstration containers (2)

for more information:

Lauren Rivers, STEM Enrichment Director