Special Programs

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Derby Academy

Kentucky Derby Museum’s YouTube Education Channel
Join us for “Derby Academy,” an education based collection of 11-minute episodes highlighting topics of America’s greatest horse race, and longest running continuous sporting event. Science, math, social studies and humanities come to life as we learn about one of the things that makes Kentucky – Kentucky! “Derby Academy” is designed for teachers to use in classroom to supplement curriculum in a variety of subjects for grades 4-8 and always tie to America’s longest, continuous, sporting event with curriculum you’re teaching in your classroom.
Each episode will include the following academic standards:
2.19 Students recognize and understand the relationship between people and geography and apply their knowledge in real-life situations.
2.20 Students understand, analyze, and interpret historical events, conditions, trends, and issues to develop historical perspective.
6.1 Students connect knowledge and experiences from different subject areas.
6.3 Students expand their understanding of existing knowledge by making connections with new knowledge, skills, and experiences.

Episode #1 “Who Was Ansel Williamson?” (Social Studies)

Episode #2 The Legacy of Man O’ War” (Social Studies)

Episode #3 “Let’s Talk $$” (Economics)

Episode #4 “Derby Gold” (Chemistry)

Episode #5 "You Are What You Eat?" (Food and Nutrition)

Episode #6 "Matt Winn's Derby" (Social Studies)

Episode #7 "A Horse Named Eclipse" (Science)

Episode #8 "On the Road with Kentucky Derby Museum" (Behind the Scenes)

Episode #9 “International Horse Sense Comes to Kentucky” (Social Studies)

Download writing prompts for above lessons.

Horseshoe Stamp

Art-Questrians: Summer Art Camp

Join us for a week of inspiration and education, as we learn, create and exhibit works from some of Louisville’s most creative and gifted artists – YOU! We will stream into your home on the Zoom platform. Campers will virtually tour Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. They will learn about Derby Art & History, and participate in lessons ranging from drawing and painting, to using household materials to create their very own Derby Hat that to sport on September 5th for Derby 2020!

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Distance Learning Webcast

Bring the Kentucky Derby Museum into your classroom via a video web link! The Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to offer free Distance Learning webcasting. Webcasting is essentially "broadcasting" over the internet.


Horsing Around With Art exhibit

Horsing Around With Art

Kentucky Derby Museum's annual student art competition for Louisville Metro students to showcase their talents and celebrate the Kentucky Derby experience!

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Girl Scout Saturdays

After-School Programs for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets and Senior Girl Scouts.

Bring your troop for a fun and educational experience after school. Your visit includes a tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack, a viewing of The Greatest Race and an optional education program or craft activity. Free admission for all Kentucky troops and Indiana troops in the counties of Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Washington during our Free Kids period, November through March.

Girl Scouts who visit the Kentucky Derby Museum can take home more than just fun memories, they can remember their trip with an official Girl Scout patch! The patch is available through the Gift Shop and will be available upon request. To earn the patch, girls must meet a list of requirements. The troops will visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, or for those girls outside of a reasonable traveling distance they can visit our website. Then, based on their troop level, the girls will bake Derby foods, decorate a Derby hat, or participate in several other activities to earn the patch. It's a fun and exciting way to learn about the horses that run in the Kentucky Derby!

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