Our New Holiday Shopping Guide is Here!

On the hunt for that perfect gift for the science lovers on your list? Let HMNS’s Museum Store help you out. View our Holiday Gift Guide for inspiration or browse our store. From a dino plush for your little scientist to pi plates for the chef or a periodic collar for the canine in your life, there’s something for everyone!

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To School and Beyond

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It’s that time of year again! Whether you love heading back to school or wishing summer would last another month, there’s still time to visit the always exciting exhibits at the museum as well as shop for the coolest things to set you apart from all the other students. We’re here to help!

Shop our site from August 3rd to August 21st and when you spend $50 or more, you receive 15% off your purchase and free shipping.

Shop in-store this weekend (Aug.5th-Aug.7th) during Texas Tax Free Weekend and save on school supplies, exclusive HMNS tees, and unique backpacks.

A few of our fave items:

Pack meals in Lunch Bugs, the sandwich bags with a supersized creepy-crawly printed right on it.

Pack meals in Lunch Bugs, the sandwich bags with a supersized creepy-crawly printed right on it.

A set of colorful bookmarks depicting the evolutionary progress of our species will hold your place.

A set of colorful bookmarks depicting the evolutionary progress of our species will hold your place.

Don’t find yourself sitting at your desk all set to eat lunch and realize you have no utensils to use. Each one of these cool pens has a cap with a convenient eating utensil built right in to it.

Don’t find yourself sitting at your desk all set to eat lunch and realize you have no utensils to use. Each one of these cool pens has a cap with a convenient eating utensil built right in to it.

A pencil that will surely last the whole school year.

A pencil that will surely last the whole school year.

Button flair with a little humor.

Button flair with a little humor.

Book bags with a bite. These backpacks aren't as tough as they look - they're actually quite soft but still cool.

Book bags with a bite. These backpacks aren’t as tough as they look – they’re actually quite soft but still cool.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Pick up a conversation piece. Give a smart gift. Or just scare the cat. Give it, receive it, OWN IT.

Click here to peruse our exciting 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. And feel good about yourself knowing that 100% of the proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programming. Something to warm your heart this holiday season: the HMNS Holiday Gift Guide.

Upgrade your gift this holiday season with HMNS’ fall Lego Robotics course

Editor’s note: Today’s blog comes from Xplorations Camp Coordinator Kelsey Friedemann

HMNS’ new Lego Robotics after-school program debuted this fall and was met with great success. The course was adapted from our popular Robotics summer camp, but was redesigned for a smaller class environment with more hands-on experience. Many of our fall students entered class with little to no experience, but they quickly learned how to build a robot and how to program it, as well.

Over the 10-week class, students were able to participate in specific programming challenges. As they advanced beyond introductory activities, they learned how to program their robots to make sharp turns, avoid objects using the ultrasonic sensor, and even perform a unique dance.

Lego Robotics now available for Fall courses at both HMNS locationsThe small class size allowed the students more freedom in constructing their robots, as well. One student decided to recreate the wheel for his robot — literally. He expanded upon the introductory wheel system and created a mega-wheel, but soon realized that a bigger wheel does not necessarily make a more effective wheel. Through experimentation, he was able to conclude that an earlier adaptation would make his robot more functional.

By the final week, the students could manipulate their robots to perform a multitude of tasks using several different attached sensors.

So take it up a notch this holiday season. Legos are always a hit, but this year, give the gift of knowledge!

Lego Robotics now available for Fall courses at both HMNS locationsHMNS’ Lego Robotics course makes a special, educational gift for any child – and it’s available at both Museum locations:

Ten Tuesdays at HMNS
Jan 8 – March 19
4:30 – 6 p.m.
$240 | $190 for members

Ten Thursdays at HMNS in Sugar Land
Jan 10 – March 31
4:30 – 6 p.m.
$240 | $190 for members