Visit the museum without ever leaving your classroom. Our live, interactive videoconferencing programs are available on-demand to fit your schedule and curriculum needs.

Distance Learning

Program details

Length of program: 45 minutes
Fee: $145.00 per session
Maximum capacity: 30 students per session
Must book at least 1 month in advance for Hands-on topics OR 2 weeks in advance for Meet the Expert topics.


To register, call 412.622.3288 or email

Programs offered

Hands-on  Archaeology Dig

Ever wonder how ancient people lived? In this videoconference, discover how archaeologists unearth artifacts using real scientific techniques and tools, and determine how the artifacts were used Participate in a mock dig along with our museum expert. (A kit of materials will be sent for use during the video conference. Teachers will need to provide some basic materials.)

Hands-on  Dino Dig

Bring the world of paleontology to your classroom through a video conference with a dinosaur expert from Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Investigate how fossils are formed and then learn how our paleontologists dig for fossils and what tools they use. Following the lecture, prepare your own fossil to keep. (A kit of materials will be sent for use during the video conference. Teachers will need to provide some basic materials.)

Meet the Expert

Conducting science presentations or experiments? Why not stream in a museum expert to add to the fun? Our staff offers professional science guidance and questioning that enhances the science learning at your site. Choose your topic and join a museum educator for an in-depth exploration of science and museum objects.
Topics include: Arctic Life, Ancient Egypt, Bats, and Owls

Technical Requirements

Programming is available for locations with IP videoconferencing systems.

New!  Don't have specialized videoconference equipment? No problem! Connect to us using virtual classroom at no additional cost to you.

What you need:

  • Highspeed internet connection
  • PC or Mac computer
  • LCD Screen, overhead projector, or SmartBoard
  • USB web camera
  • Computer speakers and microphone or a USB speakerphone



Don't let cost be a barrier! Support may be available for some outreach programs. Call the Group Visits Office at 412.622.3289 for more information.

Inclement Weather

Should hazardous conditions result in cancellation of programs, announcements will be made on television stations KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI.