Active, hands-on learning is at the center of the school programs at The Hershey Story.

Your students will love the fun way they’ll learn — and you’ll welcome our unique offerings that can’t be taught in a classroom.

For more information about the programs, please call Kim Day at 717.520.5588 or email kaday@hersheystory.org

Pennsylvania Historical Museum CommissionEducation programs are supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Special Exhibit Programs

Special Exhibit Programs coordinate with the changing exhibits featured in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery. These programs offer students unique hands-on experiences using authentic artifacts.

Chocolate Workers Wanted: Apply Within

Students will take a step back in time and experience what it was like to be a factory worker at the Hershey Company from 1905-1925. The interactive components will allow students to “try” different jobs at the factory. The program will include a guided tour through the Special Exhibit Gallery and a chance to become a part of a working assembly line in the Chocolate Lab. This program aligns with Pennsylvania Core Standards.

Time: 2 hours

Dates: Available February through November

Cost: $8.50 per student; one chaperone free for every five students. $8.50 per additional adult

Reservations: Make your reservations today; spaces fill quickly! Please call AnnMarie Lightner at 717.520.5596 or email AMLightner@mshersheyfoundation.org to schedule your visit and plan your day.

Museum EduQuests

Students explore the exhibits and enjoy the many interactive experiences throughout the museum on a variety of curriculum-themed hunts.

Time: Approximately one hour

Cost: $6.00 per student, which includes museum admission

Chaperones: One adult admitted free for every five children. $8.50 per additional adult.

A-B-See Quest

A picture is worth a thousand words! Pre-readers use colors, numbers, letters and shapes to explore The Hershey Story in this fast and fun new program.

Grades: Preschool – 1st

Themes: Happiness for Life/Community; Change Over Time

Standards: Approaches to Learning (1.4, 2.1); Math (2.1); Personal/Social (3.2); Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (1.1, 1.3, 1.6); Geography (7.1)

Community Quest

Your students will set our interactive town map into motion as they travel between the past and present. They control the journey by using the touch screens to bring the landscape to life. Your class will explore the meaning of community and Mr. Hershey’s vision for his town.

Grades: Kindergarten – 2nd

Themes: Happiness for Life/Community; Change over Time

Standards: History (8.1, 8.3); Geography (7.3); Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (1.2)

Hershey Quest

Discover “Hershey” – the man, the town, the business. Travel with your students through five fascinating exhibits to uncover the many stories inside The Hershey Story. Your class may answer a phone to hear a turn-of-the-century conversation, challenge themselves on computer interactives or bring our town map to life!

Grades: 3rd – 6th

Themes: Happiness for Life/Community; Milton Hershey and Life Lessons

Standards: History (8.1, 8.2, 8.3); Geography (7.3); Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (1.2)

Geography Quest

Your class will travel through time from the farms of Pennsylvania to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the South American rain forests. Journey with them as they explore the town once called Derry Church, and discover its connection to the larger world. Soundscapes, computer interactives and creative theatres make the trip come alive.

Grades: 3rd – 6th

Themes: Connection to the Larger World, Change over Time

Standards: Geography (7.1, 7.2, 7.3); Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (1.2)

Economics Quest

How would you design the package of a candy of your own invention? Your students can do just that at our interactive stations, where they can explore and examine marketing materials, advertising techniques, and the power of packaging and design. Lessons in leadership and philanthropy are everywhere throughout our five exciting exhibit areas.

Grades: 7th – 12th

Themes: Milton Hershey and Life Lessons; Money/Economics/Entrepreneurship

Gifted Programs

Developed with gifted classes in mind, these programs will challenge students of all ages by leveraging their creativity and problem-solving skills.

Sweet Strategies: The Business of Selling Chocolate

Students will become immersed in the sweet business of selling chocolate in this hands-on, team-building class. First, teams will use real ingredients to create a new chocolate product. Next, they’ll design the packaging and then strategize a marketing campaign to sell their product. Instruction for the program will take place in the Chocolate Lab, Museum Experience and our classroom.

Themes: A program for gifted students grades 4-12

Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking 1.1(F), 1.2(B), 1.6(C, E, F); Economics 6.2 (B, F), 6.5 (F, I); Career Education and Work 13.4(B, C)

Time: Approximately 2½ hours

Cost: $8.50 per student

Chocolate Lab Interactives

Chocolate making is a sweet recipe for learning about art and science! The Chocolate Lab offers participatory classes such as molding, dipping and even making chocolate from scratch. Located on the main floor, it is inspired by Milton Hershey’s own candy-making apprenticeship and his flair for experimentation. The Chocolate Lab explores the unique qualities of chocolate through playful, hands-on experiences on a variety of subjects including geography, history, economics and science.

Time: Approximately 40 minutes

Cost: $8.50 per student, which includes Lab experience and museum admission

Chaperones: The Lab can accommodate one chaperone for every five students; their admission is free

Assembly Line Adventure

Students will thrive in this hands-on program as they are introduced to a variety of jobs in a chocolate factory. Students work together as a team to produce and package their own chocolate bars.

Grades: Kindergarten – 2nd

Themes: Connections to the Larger World; Lessons from Chocolate; Change Over Time

Standards: Social Studies (6.1, 6.5); Approaches to Learning ( 2.1, 2.3, 2.5); Personal Social (3H); Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening 1.6, 3.7)

The Art of Chocolate

Students receive a rare look at a real cocoa pod, beans and nibs, and discuss the other ingredients of chocolate. After being introduced to the concept of liquids and solids, they will learn about the differences between milk, as well as dark and white chocolate. Students then create their own “abstract art” by using the melted chocolates to form a design.

Grades: Kindergarten – 2nd

Themes: Connection to the Larger World; Lessons from Chocolate

Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (1.1, 1.6); Mathematics (2.3); Science and Technology (3.4, 3.6); Geography (7.1); Family and Consumer Science (11.3)

Where in the World?

Using real cocoa beans from varying countries and continents, students can learn about the rich geography of cocoa and its connection to the larger world. Participants will taste samples of single-origin chocolates and be guided to distinguish the differences in taste.

Grades: 3rd – 5th

Themes: Milton Hershey and Life Lessons; Money/Economics/Entrepreneurship; Connection to the Larger World; Lessons from Chocolate

Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (1.1, 1.6); Mathematics (2.3); Economics (6.4); Geography (7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4); Food Science (11.3)

Chocolate Coated History / Central & South America

The lesson begins with a look at primary documents that indicate how chocolate was used in the Aztec and Mayan cultures. Students will grind nibs using a mortar and pestle, and then grate the chocolate and add chili pepper, cinnamon and other appropriate ingredients to create a South American style beverage. The lesson concludes with a sample, of course!

Grades: 3rd – 6th

Themes: Milton Hershey and Life Lessons; Connection to the Larger World; Lessons from Chocolate; Change over Time

Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (1.1, 1.6); Mathematics (2.3); Geography (7.3, 7.4); History (8.1, 8.3, 8.4); Food Science (11.3)

Chocolate Coated History / Colonial America

Students examine the raw ingredients of chocolate, and grind nibs with a mortar and pestle to produce chocolate liquor. They will grate chocolate liquor and mix the grated chocolate with water. Using a chocolate pot and frothing stick, students will create a chocolate beverage similar to those enjoyed in Colonial America and sample their creation.

Grades: 3rd – 6th

Themes: Milton Hershey and Life Lessons; Connection to the Larger World; Lessons from Chocolate; Change over Time

Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (1.1, 1.6); Mathematics (2.3); Geography (7.3, 7.4); History (8.1, 8.3, 8.4); Food Science (11.3)

Choconomics

Participants will be challenged to follow in Milton Hershey’s footsteps by designing their own candy bars. Choosing from a group of possible ingredients, they will construct a bar and cover it in tempered chocolate. Students will be introduced to basic economic theory as they analyze appearance, health value, cost and taste factors in making their choices.

Grades: 7th – 12th

Themes: Milton Hershey and Life Lessons; Money/Economics/Entrepreneurship; Lessons from Chocolate

Time: 1.5 Hours

Standards: Economics (6.5); History (8.2); Food Science and Nutrition (11.3); Career Education and Work (13.4)

Chocolate – More Than Delicious!

An ounce a day keeps the doctor away! Discover the health benefits of dark chocolate in moderation, of course!

Grades: 7th – 12th

Themes: Chocolate, in addition to tasting good, has positive nutrition benefits when consumed in moderation.

Time: 45 minutes

Standards: Speaking and Listening (1.5); Reading Informational Text (3.5); Basic Geographic Literacy (7.1); Physical Characteristics of Places and Regions (7.2); Food Science and Nutrition (11.3)

Temper, Temper

After a visual demonstration of the hand tempering process, students will be shown examples of tempered vs. untempered chocolate. Students will take a turn at hand tempering and create their own chocolate bar with their tempered chocolate. Through this fun and interactive lesson, high school students will be exposed to the complex topics of crystal formation and physical chemistry.

Ages: 9th – 12th Grade

Themes: Chocolate

Time: 2 Hours

Standards: Physical Science, Chemistry and Physics (3.4); Food Science and Nutrition (11.3)

Early Childhood Programs

Early childhood programs are perfect for younger students, as they are introduced to visiting a museum and experiencing its educational resources.

C is For Chocolate

Students become factory workers as they sort chocolate bars on a real conveyor belt and experiment with real factory chocolate molds. They’ll learn about the ingredients in the dark, milk and white chocolate and create their own delicious take-home snack.

Time: Approximately 45 minutes

Grades: Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Museum EduQuest: A-B-See Quest

A picture is worth a thousand words! Pre-readers use colors, numbers, letters and shapes to explore the museum in this fast and fun new program.

Time: Approximately 1 hour

Grades: Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Assembly Line Adventure

Students will thrive in this hands-on program in the Chocolate Lab, as they are introduced to a variety of jobs in the chocolate factory.

Time: Approximately 45 minutes

Grades: Preschool (Ages 4-5)

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