High School Labs FAQ

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Q: Can I observe the lab my child is attending?
A: Due to the classroom size, we are not able to accommodate observers.

Q: I traveled a long way for my child to attend. What can I do during the day while my child is in the Lab?
A: Many people purchase museum admission and enjoy touring the museum for the day. Others choose to work from a local coffee shop or nearby library. You can also visit nearby attractions.

Q: Can I transfer my child’s registration to another Lab?
A: Unfortunately, our system does not allow us to transfer registrations. If your request is made 21 days or more before the program for which you are registered, we would be happy to refund your registration, allowing you to re-register for the Lab of your choice. For refunds please contact us.

Q: We are unable to attend a Lab because my student was ill or out of town, etc. Can we arrange for a make-up day?
A: No. Due to the nature of the Labs, we are unable to arrange for a make-up day for absences.

Q: Registration on the website is closed. Can you put my child on the waiting list? Will you open additional seats for a sold-out Labs?
A: Please contact [email protected] to check if there is a waiting list. Due to classroom size, we are unable to open additional seats for Labs.

Q: What is the length of the class and how are Labs structured?
A: Classes begin at 10:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. Check-in begins at 9:30 am and the lab opens at 9:45 am. Each day consists of labs in the morning, an hour lunch, and labs in the afternoon. Lecture time is kept to a minimum to allow for maximum lab experience.

Q: How many labs are there?
A: There are 12 sessions equaling 24 total labs. Each of the 12 sessions includes 2-two hour labs.

Q: Is lunch provided? How long do students have for lunch?
A: No, lunch is not provided. However, you have the option to purchase a meal voucher during registration. Vouchers are redeemable at any of the Creation Museum food venues. Students may also use cash or card at any venue or bring their own lunch. Lunch is scheduled from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Q: My child is advanced and has completed the requirements for Lab but does not meet the minimum age requirements. Can he/she participate in the class?
A: No. We strictly adhere to the ages listed on the website.

Q: Do you keep track of attendance?
A: Students initial the check-in sheet in the morning when they arrive and again after lunch, which provides a record of their attendance. At the end of the year, students will be provided a certificate with the number of Lab hours completed for the year.

Q: Do you keep track of grades?
A: No. Labs are supplemental to the course; parents are responsible for assigning science course grades. At the end of the year, students will be provided a certificate with the number of Lab hours completed for the year.

Q: We live too far to come for a year of labs. Do you have a condensed version that we can complete in a shorter time period?
A: Yes! Check out the summer High School Lab Intensives at the Ark Encounter.

Q: What’s the difference between the 3-day Forensics Camp and the Forensics Labs?
A: Labs are taught at the high school level and will provide students with an in-depth look at the field of forensic science. Due to timing in camp, the topics will be an overview of the different forensic disciplines.

Q: What materials are required?
A: Pencil, pen, calculator, and paper. The corresponding textbook for the registered course is not required, but highly recommended. The Creation Museum provides all safety supplies and all materials and equipment needed to complete the labs.

Q: When will I receive a syllabus?
A: Once registration closes, you will be emailed the Lab schedule and syllabus.

Q: What happens in case of snow or inclement weather?
A: If snow or weather is severe enough that class is cancelled, a text will be sent out at 6:00 am on the day of the lab; an email will follow by 6:30 am.

Q: Do I have to pay for parking?
A: No. A free parking pass will be provided at orientation for each session. This pass is valid only for the Lab session dates. In case of damage or loss, there will be a nominal replacement fee.

Q: Can my child ride the shuttle from the parking lot to the Museum by themselves? Do I have to sign them in?
A: Since they are 14 and over, students may sign themselves in and walk or ride the shuttle to the Lab.