• Kits



     Ethnobotany: People and Plants(Red Butte Garden Botany Bin) #13350

    DESCRIPTION: The materials and lesson plans in this module focus on ethnobotany, a scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people’s interactions with plants. “Ethno” means people and their culture, and “botany” is the study of plants. Students will explore the various ways different groups of inhabitants used Utah’s native plants for food, shelter, clothing, medicine, in ceremonies, and for other uses over time. Other lessons will help students discover three major biomes found in Utah and the adaptations plants have made in order to survive in each of these areas

    CONTENTS: Lesson plans, magnifying glasses, books, charts, specimens. Clickhere for a complete list of contents in the bin.

    GRADE/SUBJECT: 4th Grade Science and Social Studies


    Conserving Water in the Desert(Red Butte Garden Botany Bin) #13351

    DESCRIPTION: “Conserving Water in the Desert” provides information and activities for students to explore the water resources in Utah and the Western United States. In addition, it is the intent of this program to raise awareness about the limited availability of water in our desert climate and to encourage water conservation. The lessons focus on basic water science, the sources and availability of water for human use, some of the issues surrounding human water consumption, the importance of plants in the quality of our water, and how individual citizens can become stewards of this precious resource.

    CONTENTS: Videos, books, plant specimens, activity resources.  Clickhere of complete inventory of bin.

    GRADE/SUBJECT: K-6 (8) Science



    Ecosystems Ancient Ecosystems(Natural History Museum of Utah) #13352

    DESCRIPTION: Research the ways in which prehistoric animals and plants have interacted with Earth over millions of years.   Discover what creatures ate, where they lived, and what fossil evidence they left behind

    CONTENTS:Fossil Specimens:  Carnosaur (dinosaur) footprint, Ceratopsian predentary (Triceratops beak), Mammuthus primigenius (Mammoth) tooth, Gastrolith (dinosaur gizzard stone), Tyrannosaurus rex tooth and claw, Coprolite (fossilized droppings), Knighta alta (fossilized fish), Crinoid, Shell in rock, Ammonite, Insects in amber, Petrified wood, Turtle shell, Fossilized leaves, and Shell cluster fossil
    Modern Specimens for Comparison:  Tree ring, Scat, Insect (butterfly), Lion tooth, Pressed leaf, Feather, Cougar claw, Shells, and Coal
    Printed materials:  Utah: A Geologic History, Dinosaurs of Utah by Pat Bagley, Dinosaurs of Utah by Frank De Courten, Fossils (Golden Guide), Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki, and The Kids Natural History Book by Judy Press

    GRADE/SUBJECT: K-6 Science


    Insects Toolbox(Natural History Museum of Utah) #14981

    DESCRIPTION: Dozens of mounted entomological specimens to help students understand the incredible variability and beauty of insects. Learn to classify and to identify unique adaptations.

    CONTENTS: Specimens, books, magnifying lenses, poster. Clickhere for detailed contents list.




     Plant Toolbox (Natural History Museum of Utah) #14980

    DESCRIPTION:Plant specimens from Utah's diverse habitats are accompanied by curriculum, activities and resources for studying adaptation and classification. See examples of Utah plants from wetlands, forests, and deserts. Learn to sort and classify using seeds, plant specimens and important botanical resources.

    CONTENTS:30 preserved plant specimens from all the habitats of Utah.  Other materials include: Books, lesson plans, quadrat for population studies, plant press, magnifying lenses, many different types of seeds, slice of tree trunk, rulers and other materials for lessons. Clickhere for detailed material list.

    GRADE/SUBJECT: K-12 Science



    Rocks and Minerals Toolbox (NHMU) #10416   

    DESCRIPTION:Examine the differences between rocks and minerals and learn how each was formed. Discover how rocks and minerals are important in our everyday lives. Compare specimens in the different stages of the rock cycle.  

    CONTENTS: Samples of 21 different minerals, 5 igneous rocks, 4 metamorphic rocks, 4 sedimentary rocks, 6 Geology/mineral books, and other miscellaneous items to help conduct successful lessons.  Lessons are included in both Spanish and English.  Clickhere for a detailed list of kit content.

    GRADE/SUBJECT: K-12 Geology

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    Digging Dinosaurs: Discovering Utah’s fossils #16050, #16051

    DESCRIPTION: This toolbox provides teachers with one-of-a-kind Museum casts of dinosaurs unearthed by Utah paleontologists.

    CONTENTS:Fossil Specimens: Allosaurus upper jaw bone with teeth, Tyrannosaurus rex tooth, Utahraptor hand claw, Grallator track (footprint), Black bear jaw, Elk jaw, Coyote jaw, Diabloceratops skull, frill piece, & horn, Apatosaurus hip bone with tooth marks, Tarbosaurus toe bones, Dinosaur egg, Modern and fossilized seashell, Modern and petrified wood.
    Books:  DK Eyewitness: Fossil by Dr. Paul Taylor, DK Eyewitness: Dinosaur (with CD & Poster) by David Lambert, Bones Rock! by Peter Larson & Kristin Donnan, Dinosaurs of Utah by Pat Bagley, Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki
    Other materials:  DVD—A Fossil’s Journey, NHMU, Measuring Tapes (5), Hand Lenses (5), Laminated Dino Fact Cards (for each dinosaur fossil cast in crate) (8), Laminated Deep Time Maps – World and Utah (23), Meet the NHMU Paleontologists (2 bios), Utah’s Newest Dinosaur Discoveries (articles & photos), Rules for Collecting Fossils in Utah, Utah in the Age of the Dinosaurs, Where to see fossils in Utah – Utah Museums, Quarries, Tracksites, List of good websites, Care of Fossil Casts Sheet. Clickhere for the complete inventory list.



    Discover Ouelessebougou, Mali, West Africa(Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance) #13064, #13065

    DESCRIPTION:  Take your class on a field trip of a lifetime, without even leaving your classroom!  Journey to Ouelessebougou (Way-less-ay-boo-goo), Mali.  In the contents of this kit (trunk) are treasures to discover and friends just waiting to meet your students.  The activities are aligned with the second grade social studies core objectives, but you are encouraged to explore ways to tie them to other areas of the curriculum.  Some of the activities are standalone; others require using the Ouelessebougou Education Trunk, which include artifacts, pictures and explanations.

    CONTENTS:  Curriculum manual/activity guide, photos, maps, video, and artifacts. Artifacts include: Kolon/Kolongalan,talking drum, boubou, gourd instrument, well dipper, mask, Malian toothbrush, soap, gourd dipper, toy, millet, jewelry, mudcloth, flag.

    GRADE/SUBJECT: Social Studies; 2nd Grade Social Studies


    Seasons & Moon Phases (Clark Planetarium) #16052, #16053

    DESCRIPTION: This is a simple and fun activity where students utilize models of the Sun, Earth and Moon and determine why moon phases Occur.  The hands-on activity will challenge students' common misconceptions by using observation, data collection, analysis and comparison to allow the students to discover the real reason behind the seasons. Students will work together in small scientific groups to research and collect data and convene with the greater scientific community (classroom) to share data and draw conclusions. Students will 1) measure the amount of direct sunlight at specific locations on the globes; 2) estimate the highest point reached by the Sun and also 3) estimate the number of hours of daylight various parts of the Earth receive at different times of the year.

    CONTENTS: These kits consist of two boxes with globes, lights, power strips, moon models and multimeters. Lesson Plans and a resource DVD are also included.  Clickhere to view the activity book andhere for handouts.

    OBJECTIVES:After this activity, students will be able to state the order of the moon’s phases from a first quarter moon to the next first quarter moon and demonstrate how the moon’s position relative to Earth creates the phases.

    GRADE/SUBJECT: Science


  • Portable Planetarium


    We are pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a grant from the Utah STEM Action Center to purchase a Digitalis Digitarium portable planetarium system which will be added to our checkout inventory.  Thank you STEM Action Center!  We would also like to thank the community donations from Barney Trucking, Garkane Power, State Bank of Southern Utah, and Zion's Bank.  The generosity of these entities will enable us to literally bring the universe to our regional schools!  Be on the lookout for more information as to when this will be made available.  Reach out to Brandon if you would be interested in attending a two-day training on the use and implementation of the portable planetarium. We will be arranging training with Digitalis Education after we receive the system, hopefully sometime in the early fall. 

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  • Snow College STEM Kits (K-12; All Subjects)

    Screen Shot 2020 10 30 at 11.46.10 AMSnow College is partnering with CUES in making its STEM resources more easily accessible to all teachers and students in the CUES region.  Explore the resources below to see how you can make STEM come alive with your students through the use of the STEM Check-out Kits. These kits were provided through a grant from the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network and can be used in your own classroom, or plan an Earth and Space school field trip to the Snow campus.  These kits were created in collaboration with NASA and each one provides hands-on Earth and Space Science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society for your students.  Contact Jon Pugmire at435 283-7534 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your kit. **NOTE:  These kits are not reserved through CUES** After contacting Snow college, arrangements can be made for Snow College to get kits to CUES, and then we will deliver them to you during our normal delivery schedule (Tuesdays or Wednesdays)

    1. NISE Network Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkits (
      1. Exploring Science
        1. Measure Up*
      2. Exploring Earth:
        1. Rising Sea (Strand 2.1)
        2. Land Cover (Strand 2.1)
        3. Temperature Map (Strand 3.1)
        4. Investigating Clouds (Strand 3.1)
        5. Early Exploration*
        6. Bear’s Shadow*
      3. Exploring the Solar System:
        1. Craters
        2. Moonquakes
        3. Story Blocks
        4. Observe the Moon
        5. Hide and Seek Moon
        6. Observe the Sun (Strand 4.4)
        7. Pocket Solar System (Strand 6.1)
        8. Stomp Rockets (Strand 4.2)
        9. Asteroid Mining
        10. Design, Build, and Test
        11. Mission to SpaceGame
        12. Moon AdventureGame(5 challenges)
      4. Exploring the Universe:
        1. Filtered Light
        2. Expanding Universe
        3. Space Guess QuestGame
        4. Mission to SpaceGame
        5. Static Electricity (Strand 3.3, 7.1)
        6. Nebula Spin Art
        7. Orbiting Objects
        8. Star Formation
      5. Accessibility and Inclusion Bundle:
        1. Tactile Books: Lunar Craters, Solar System, Sun, Stars, lunar surfaces.
        2. Everyone’s Universe

    *Early Childhood

    UseNISE Network Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkits, the following is available:

    • Earth & Space School Field Trip
    • Earth Day Activity
    • Moon Landing Anniversary and the Apollo Legacy
    • Camps and After-School Programs include the following themes:
      • Mad About Mars
      • Invent, Build and Blast Off
      • The Marvelous Moon
      • Solar Splendor
      • Earth’s Water Systems
      • Deep Space Discoveries
      • Engineering
    In addition, Snow college also provides the below resources for schools. Contact Outreach Coordinator Mark Waegner at 435-283-7045. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Check out telescopes and binoculars (solar filters) so you can host a star party or look safely at the sun, moon, or other astronomical objects.
    • A classroom set of Ozobots.
    • Fixed planetarium experience at the college in Ephraim. More information can be found at
    • Graham Science Center houses 30 interactive Science displays for students to explore. At the same time, the Faculty can provide STEM demonstrations.
    • NOAA Science on a Sphere Explorer: Exhibit with virtual reality (
        • Easy-to-use touchscreen interface for maximum interactivity
        • Over 140 datasets, including real-time datasets with descriptions
        • Educational videos linked to specific datasets for deeper inquiry
        • Tours that create a narrative through the datasets and help users make connections
        • Analysis tools to easily measure, probe, and plot data from the visualizations
        • Immersive, first-person experiences: walk on the Moon, pilot a submarine, or take cover from a tornado
        • Stunning graphics in beautiful 4k resolution
        • Dual screen
        • SOSx Tour Builder allows for the addition of new datasets and the creation of tours
        • Virtual Reality add-on
        • 360-degree video content
        • International language support
    Contact Jon Pugmire at435 283-7534 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your kit.