DHDC’s state-of-the-art HD Polycom system provides LIVE streaming of programs directly into classrooms nationwide!  All programs are fully interactive, allowing students and teachers to communicate with DHDC presenters in real-time!

Explosions, melting metal, and fire-eating?
It’s all in a day’s work at the Don Harrington Discovery Center!

Serving our five-state region since 1976, DHDC’s interactive, hands-on science programs reach tens of thousands of participants through our Education Program each year.

Our distance learning sessions feature our Science Live! shows and guest lectures from paleontologist Dr. Aaron D. Pan.  Science Live! shows are 45 to 60-minute long “edu-tainment” events bursting with hair-raising demonstrations and explosive results live-streamed into your classrooms and auditoriums in spectacular high definition.  Funny, engaging, and jam-packed with learning, Science Live! will leave your students cheering for more!

All of our education programs align with both the TEKS (Texas) and the NGSS, and a cross-curricular Correlation Chart is available to view with each program we offer.


  • TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS: a computer with internet access, a projector or Smart Board, a webcam, and a speaker & microphone (can be external or in PC hardware); OR a campus videoconferencing system. (Common systems include Polycom, Cisco or LifeSize.)
  • Science Live! shows are 60 minutes long unless otherwise noted, and Lecture Series presentations are either 30 or 50 minutes in length depending on content and grade level of audience.
  • No minimum student count, maximum of 500 students per reserved Distance Learning program.
  • No audio or video recording of programs allowed.

Center for Interactive Learning: To reserve your Distance Learning Program for a custom date and time, visit the CILC website by clicking here.  Select Don Harrington Discovery Center Amarillo from the dropdown menu under Content Provider and select your program.

Connect2Texas: To choose and reserve your program from a list of scheduled Distance Learning Programs, visit the Connect2Texas website by clicking here. Select Don Harrington Discovery Center from the provider dropdown menu in the Program Filter on the right.

Due to technical requirements, all Distance Learning Reservations must be made via one of these two sites.


Fossil Finders

Learn about paleontology and the study of prehistoric life, including what a fossil is and how they are made, different types of fossils, what the Earth and life was like in the prehistoric past, and meet some interesting animals and plants that existed in the deep past. The lecture can be modified to talk about a particular prehistoric time period or in a more general format.

Biomes & Biodiversity

Our Earth showcases an amazing array of biomes and organisms that occupy them. Learn about these major environments, including their climatic parameters, origins, physical geography and topography, soil compositions, the organisms (and their adaptations to such environments), and other characteristics. Students will also get a virtual tour of different ecosystems within each of these biomes from around the world and discover the amazing variety of life on Earth.