Virtual Classroom Visits

Bring the Museum to your students - wherever they are!


  • Education Program of your choice (live or pre-recorded)
  • Churchill Downs Student Tour (pre-recorded)
  • Kentucky Derby Museum Exhibits Tour (pre-recorded)
  • Question & Answer Session


  • $50 per stream
    • Unlimited streaming access per grade level(s)

Streaming Platform:

  • Your choice!
    • Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams
Virtual KDM Lessons
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Virtual Education Programs

Arts and Humanities | MathScienceScience/Practical LivingSocial Studies

Arts and Humanities


Program Summary: Horses take center stage as your students participate in age appropriate stories featuring both fictional and nonfictional horses. We will explore the different elements that make up a story, as well as other early reading strategies. 

Program Goals: Students understand the importance and fun of reading while strengthening basic reading skills. They understand some basic elements of Thoroughbred racing.

Core Academic Standards:

  • Kindergarten Reading Standards for Literature: 1, 6, 10
  • Grade 1 Reading Standards for Literature: 1
  • Kindergarten Reading Standards for Informational Text: 5, 6, 10
  • Kindergarten Speaking and Listening Standards 1-3, 6
  • Grade 1 Speaking and Listening Standards 1-3

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Racing Colors (PK-1) MATH

Program Summary: Jockeys silks are filled with many shapes and colors, and we will identify a variety of them in this engaging look into the riders who compete in the Kentucky Derby.

Program Goals: Students understand we commonly use shapes and colors to communicate and identify things around us; that owners design jockey silks as a unique combination of shapes and colors. They will be able to use shapes and colors to design their jockey silks.

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Mathin' Around The Track (1-3) MATH

Program Summary: What does it take to win the Kentucky Derby? It takes a fast horse, and a whole lot of MATH, of course! Students will solve problems taken from the “Five Big Ideas of Math” (Number Properties and Operations, Measurement, Geometry, Probability, and Algebra) as they prepare their horse for the Kentucky Derby in this real-world application of math. Worksheet included for classroom participation.

Program Goals: Students understand math is used in day-to-day activities – even while preparing a horse for the Kentucky Derby.

Core Academic Standards:

  • 1.OA 1-2, 4-6, 8; 1. NBT 4-5; 1. MB 2-3; 1. G 1, 3; 2. OA 1-3; 2. NBT 2, 5-8; 2. MD 1-4, 7; 2. G 3; 3. OA 1-4; 3. NF 1, 3; 3. MD 1; 3. G 2

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Odds in Everyday Life (4-8) MATH

Program Summary: Ratios and probability are the focus of this real-world application of math. Students gather data by observing past history, as well as conduct a scientific experiment to make predications. We conclude the program with a running of our own “Derby,” and utilizing probability to help make predications. Worksheet included for classroom participation.

Program Goals: Students understand probabilities can often be used in everyday problem solving. They understand structuring a situation in terms of ratios, and can then apply the use of probabilities in a variety of real-world applications.

Core Academic Standards:

  • 4. NF 5-6; 6. RP 1-2; 6. SP 1, 5; 7. RP 2; 7. EE 3; 7. SP 1-2, 4-7

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Science on the Track (4-8) SCIENCE

Program Summary: What does it take to build a safe athletic surface for horses? It all goes back to the process of the weathering a rock, and how it eventually turns to sediment. We will explore both physical and chemical weathering, as we build our own racetrack using a combination of different sediments.

Program Goals: Students understand basic differences in silt, sand and clay and how rock is weathered to form these particles. They apply knowledge to building and maintaining a racetrack. They can identify various landforms and determine how they affect the location of a racetrack.

Core Academic Standards:

  • SC-E-2.1.1, SC-E-2.3.1, SS-E-4.1.4, SS-E-4.4.4, SC-M-2.1.2, SC-M-2.1.4, SC-M-2.1.5, SS-M-4.1.2, SS-M-4.4.1, SS-H-4.1.3

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Science/Practical Living


Program Summary: Keeping a Thoroughbred happy and healthy is much like taking care of a pet at home. Students learn teamwork is essential in preparing a horse for the Kentucky Derby, as they perform the many jobs in the stables.

Program Goals: Students understand the importance of daily animal care both in home pet situations as well as professionally in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. They understand the basics of horse care and grooming. They can identify and explain the use of several pieces of grooming equipment.

Core Academic Standards:

  • SC-E-3.1.2, PL-E-4.3.2

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Superhorse, The Shoe and You (4-12) SCIENCE/PRACTICAL LIVING

Program Summary: It takes two very special athletes to win the Kentucky Derby – one three year old Thoroughbred racehorse – and a jockey. This program will explore the athleticism and physiology of both athletes, as well as other factors that go into the making of a champion. Healthy lifestyle choices will also be covered in this highly interactive program. This program will use two Kentucky Derby legends as examples: the 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat, and four-time Derby winner Bill Shoemaker.

Program Goals: Students understand Thoroughbred horses and jockeys in athletic terms, including team aspects. They can identify and explain several pieces of basic horse racing equipment. They can relate good nutrition and training habits to their own lifestyles. They understand some basic equine physiology.

Core Academic Standards:

  • SC-E-3.1.2, MA-E-2.1.5, Pl-E-1.3.1, PL-E-1.3.4, PL-E-1.4.1, PL-E-1.5.1, PL-E-1.6.2, PL-E-2.3.2, PL-E-4.1.2, PL-E-4.4.3, SC-M-3.1.1, SC-M-3.2.3, PL-M-1.5.1, PL-M-1.5.2, PL-M-1.6.3, PL-M-2.3.2, PL-M-4.2.2, PL-M-4.4.3, PL-H-1.6.2, PL-H-4.4.3

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Social Studies

Creating Traditions (2-3) SOCIAL STUDIES

Program Summary: Let’s celebrate! The concept and importance of cultural traditions is explored before we discuss the Kentucky Derby. We'll virtually act out the day as we participate in the many Kentucky Derby traditions - maybe even one of your students will win the Derby!

Program Goals: Students understand the concept of traditions and their place in both family and community. They recognize and describe well-known Kentucky Derby traditions. They understand traditions make our lives fuller. They can exhibit good role-playing skills.

Core Academic Standards:

  • SS-E-2.1.1, SS-E-2.1.2, SS-E-2.2.1

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Louisville and the Derby (3-12) SOCIAL STUDIES

Program Summary: Historic photographs, paintings and people bring the history of Louisville, as well as its signature event, the Kentucky Derby alive, as we travel through two centuries of history. Topics include transportation, social unrest, equality, natural disasters and communications.

Program Goals: Students understand the beginnings of the Kentucky Derby and significant developments throughout the history of Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby, as well as developments in local social history. They understand and can identify several significant forms of transportation.

Core Academic Standards:

  • SS-E-2.4.1, SS-E-5.1.3, SS-E-5.2.3, SS-M-5.1.3, SS-H-5.1.3

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Economics and the Derby (4-12) SOCIAL STUDIES

Program Summary: Students see examples of items that have been used as "money" in other cultures to establish money as a representation of value. The difference between needs and wants, the concept of scarcity and the balance of supply and demand are established. Students observe and participate in hands-on demonstrations of making a buying decision, how the value of an item can diminish, and how money comes into a community and passes through many different hands. The program concludes with a demonstration of the economic impact of the Kentucky Derby on the local and regional economy.

Program Goals: Students understand and can demonstrate money as a symbol of value, the dynamics of making buying decisions, the changing value of items and how money circulates throughout a local economy. They understand the economic impact of the Kentucky Derby on the local economy.

Core Academic Standards:

  • SS-E-3.1.1, SS-E-3.1.2, SS-E-3.1.3, SS-E-3.3.1, SS-E-3.3.2, SS-E-3.4.1, SS-M-3.1.1, SS-M-3.1.2, SS-M-3.3.1, SS-M-3.3.2, SS-M-3.4.3, SS-H-3.1.1, SS-H-3.1.3

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Black Heritage in Racing Student Program (4-12) SOCIAL STUDIES

Program Summary: Did you know that 13 of the 15 jockeys in the first Kentucky Derby were African-American? Find out why as we delve into history and look at African-American contributions to the sport. We will also look at contributions being made today.

Program Goals: Students understand the role that African Americans played and can recognize some of their accomplishments in the sport of Thoroughbred racing from early Colonial times to the present. They are aware of key individuals in this story.

Core Academic Standards:

  • SS-E-2.4.1, SS-E-5.2.3, SS-E-5.1.3, SS-M-2.4.1, SS-M-5.1.3, SS-M-5.3.5, SS-H-2.4.1, SS-H-5.1.3

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Kentucky's Derby (4-12) SOCIAL STUDIES

Program Summary: Take a trip back in time as we meet the men and women – and horses - who shaped the history of the Commonwealth.

Program Goals: Students will understand the origins and development of the Kentucky Derby as not only an important event for the commonwealth of Kentucky, but also as a foundation of its cultural and economic identity.  Students will learn that a diverse group of men and women contributed to Kentucky and its place within a larger American history context.

Core Academic Standards:

  • 2.16, 2.20., SS-E-2.4.1., SS-E-5.1.3., SS-E-5.2.3, SS-M-5.1.3., SS-H-5.1.3, SS-EP-4.1.3., SS-04-4.1.3, SS-05-4.1.3.

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Careers in Racing (8-12) SOCIAL STUDIES

Program Summary: The Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky provides thousands of jobs in a variety of fields. Just about anything a person wants to do is available in the equine industry. Learn about different career options within the industry, as well as what it takes to land that perfect job.

Program Goals: The goal is to introduce students to the range of careers available in one industry, and also to stress the importance of training, learning, and gaining related experience.

Core Academic Standards:

  • 2.16, 2.19, 4.5, SS-M-2.4.1, SS-M-5.1.3, SS-M-5.3.5, SS-M-3.4.3, PL-E-4.1.2, PL-E-4.4.3, PL-HS-4.1.3, PL-HS-4.1.7, PL-HS-4.2.1, PL-HS-4.2.2

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