For Educators

Educational Programming

The Pump House offers a number of educational programs; program descriptions and curriculum connections are noted below. Please contact us at education@cityofkingston.ca if you have questions or are interested in booking.

Water, Water Everywhere – Level 1

Grades JK-3
90 minutes

Don’t take water for granted! Learn about the technology that brings clean water into your home and how we can be good stewards of this important resource. Learn about the technology behind the old Kingston waterworks, discuss responsible water use and build a water filter using earth and other common-place materials.

Curriculum Connection

Grade 1

Science & Technology
Understanding Matter and Energy
Energy in Our Lives
1.1, 2.4, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5

Social Studies
People and Environments
The Local Community
B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B3.1, B3.3, B3.7

Grade 2

Science & Technology
Understanding Matter and Energy
Properties of Liquids and Solids
1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.5

Understanding Earth and Space Systems
Air and Water in the Environment
1.1, 1.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Social Studies
People and Environments
Global Communities
B1.1, B1.3, B2.1, B3.6

Grade 3

Science and Technology
Understanding Earth and Space Systems
Soils in the Environment
1.1, 2.5, 3.1

Social Studies
Heritage and Identity
Communities in Canada, 1780–1850
A1.2, A2.1, A2.2, A2.5, A3.3, A3.4

Water, Water Everywhere – Level 2

Grades 4-6
90 minutes

Don’t take water for granted! Learn about the technology that brings clean water into your home and how we can be good stewards of this important resource. Learn about the technology behind the old Kingston waterworks, discuss responsible water use and build a water filter using earth and other common-place materials.

Curriculum Connection

Grade 4

Social Studies
People and Environments
Living and Working In Ontario
B1.1, B2.1, B2.2, B2.6, B3.1, B3.5
People and Environments
Political and Physical Regions of Canada
B1.1, B1.3

Science & Technology
Understanding Life Systems
Habitats and Communities
1.1, 3.3, 3.9, 3.10

Grade 5

Social Studies
People and Environments
The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B3.2, B3.6, B3.7

Science and Technology
Understanding Earth and Space Systems
Conservation of Energy and Resources
1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5

Understanding Matter and Energy
Properties of and Changes in Matter
2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Grade 6

Social Studies
Heritage and Identity
Communities in Canada, Past and Present
A1.1, A3.2, A3.7

People and Environments
Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community
B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.2, B2.4, B2.5, B2.6, B3.1, B3.3, B3.5, B3.8, B3.9

Simple Machines

Grades K-4
75 minutes

Collect all the materials you need to build your own contraptions by identifying all the museum’s simple machines! Learn about how machines work and how they make our lives easier, and the many different  forms they take, through this new interactive museum program.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 1

Science and Technology
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures
2.2, 2.4 2.6, 3.4, 3.7

Grade 2

Science and Technology
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
Movement
1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4

Grade 3

Science and Technology
Understanding Matter and Energy
Forces Causing Movement
2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.4

Grade 4

Science and Technology
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
Pulleys and Gears
1.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6

A(head) of the Game: Concussions and Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion

Grades 7-10
90 Minutes

It is estimated that just under half (47%) of all concussions in young people, happen between the ages of 12-15 years. This program looks at how matter, like the brain, acts according to Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion. Using concussions as a guiding principle, students will perform hands-on experiments that illustrate what happens, if the brain is set in motion by an unbalanced force, and what, if anything, keeps it safe.

Museum Tours

All Ages

We offer Museum Tours for any age making it perfect for schools, seniors, church groups, bus trips, or small groups. Furthermore, Extra-support workers will be expected to accompany those individuals where your group members have special needs or special accommodations. Please contact the museum to discuss if needed. Please also inform the museum staff prior to arrival if someone in your group has special needs/accommodations, allergies, etc.

Curriculum Connections

Intermediate Curriculum (7&8)

Health and Physical Education
(Grade 8)
Living Skills
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
Active Living
A3.1, A3.2
Movement Competence
B1.3, B1.4, B2.1, B2.3
Healthy Living
C1.2, C2.2

Mathematics
Patterning and Algebra
Data Management and Probability

Science and Technology
(Grade 8)
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Systems in Action
1.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6 2.7, 3.2, 3.5
Understanding Matter and Energy: Fluids
2.4, 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Secondary Curriculum (9&10)

Healthy Active Living Education
Living Skills
1.2, 1.3, 1.5
Active Living
A1.3, A3.1, A3.2
Movement Competence
B1.3, B1.4, B2.2, B2.3
Healthy Living (Grade 10 only)
C3.2

Mathematics
Number Sense and Algebra
Linear Relations

Science
Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration
A1.1, A1.4, A1.5, A1.8, A1.10, A1.11, A1.13, A2.1
Grade 9 Applied Chemistry: Exploring Matter
C2.1
Grade 10 Academic & Applied Biology: Tissues, Organs, and Systems of Living Things
B1.2, B2.1, B2.7, B2.6, B3.4, B3.5