walkSTEM Family Explorers Fall 2020

Take advantage of cooler temperatures and inspire your mind with treats for your eyes.

Dallas is packed with unique STEM sights and opportunities to learn. But the city’s works of art, industry, architecture and nature sometimes go unnoticed in the blur of everyday life. We often see them without realizing what they are – opportunities to follow our natural curiosity.

How To Do Your Walk

Have fun, and spark your child’s curiosity! This is not about the “right answer” — it’s about the joy of exploring the world around you, of asking questions, and of seeing how much you can figure out together!

You can use the Family Explorers booklet providing lists of about 70 locations you can explore, links to short videos highlighting STEM connections to these locations, and space for your reactions. Download the booklet here.

You can also use the freely downloadable, location-based Otocast app as a convenient way to take these guided tours freely and flexibly.  

Where Can We Walk?

talkSTEM and our partners provide numerous inspiring and engaging locations where you can get your child out from behind the screen and employ those naturally inquisitive minds on a self-guided, self-paced journey. talkSTEM’s Family Explorer Walks are fun and many are free. The best part is you can pick as many sites as you like. Pick a site, watch the YouTube videos, and you’re on your way to learning!

walkSTEM Family Explorers Participant Locations

Below are listings for all current walkSTEM tour locations. At any time, you can also take a virtual walkSTEM tour through our collection of short videos on talkSTEM’s YouTube Channel.

NorthPark Center in Dallas, TX

Containing an internationally acclaimed collection of 20th and 21st century art and visited by 25 million people a year. View the playlist ⟶

Flyers with details and QR codes can be requested at the NPC concierge desk.
*Additionally, NorthPark Center is hosting a sneak preview of AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors, please be sure to check out their exhibit September 10 through November 9!

Dallas Arts District

The largest contiguous arts district in the US. Click here to download map. View the playlist


A lively campus supporting humanities and sciences programs for its students. View the playlist ⟶
* Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only outdoor STEM exhibits will be accessible.

Fair Park in Dallas, TX

The largest collection of publicly owned Art Deco buildings in the US, mostly completed between 1900 and 1936 for the Texas Centennial Exposition. View the playlist ⟶
*Fair Park guests should enter through Gate 5, located at the intersection of Robert B Cullum Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Visit www.fairpark.org for up-to-date gate information.

Dallas City Hall Plaza

Containing I.M.Pei designed City Hall Building, Henry Moore sculpture, and more. View the playlist ⟶


A pivotal space in southern Dallas highlighting the growing community. View the playlist

West End Historic District

Combining historic charm and modern elements with museums, restaurants, shops and entertainment.
View the playlist ⟶

Ronald Kirk Bridge

Unique park the bridges west Dallas and downtown, provides trails for exploring, playgrounds for families and a tribute to the Trinity River Basin below. View the playlist ⟶

Wanna make a DEEP dive into Family Explorers walkSTEM sites?

We have a prepared a detailed PDF outlining each stop at every location, including video links and best ages for all stops at each tour. Download your copy below.

Get Creative!

You can join the walkSTEM community and Create Your Own Walk.  We would love for you to share using our social media!  This is a fun family project.

#STEMLens: We Want to See what YOU See!

Have some fun while you help us build an online visual STEM library – freely accessible to families everywhere!

Show us what you see beyond the walkSTEM stops and anywhere else you go! 

There are no limits!

Here’s your chance to add an educational spin to family outings and a fun spin to academic topics!

Special Thanks to our Supporting Organizations

We believe that every child is a STEM child and we invite you to join our community. Sign up to receive updates and event, follow us on social media, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

talkSTEM works hard to make unique and high quality STE(A)M educational content freely available to all children. We partner with such youth-serving organizations as Dallas ISD, Girls Inc, Imagine Science, and more. Every dollar you contribute goes directly to our educational programming and content creation that reaches under-resourced student populations.  Donate now.

Interested in more?

Click here to explore the entire list of walkSTEM locations throughout Dallas. Explore and download supplementary activity sheets here.

Please walk safely!

Protect others. Protect yourself. We encourage everyone to walkSTEM safely and follow CDC recommended protocols as you explore. PLEASE wear masks indoors and out, and practice safe distancing as you walk.

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About the Founder & CEO

Dr. Koshi Dhingra has dedicated her career to STEM education and is passionate about having every child live up to their potential. Seeing a lack of girls and other underrepresented youth in STEM programs, she founded talkSTEM in 2015 to address the imbalance. She has a doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University, has years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs, and has held leadership roles in universities. She advises and collaborates with a broad range of educational institutions globally. Dr. Dhingra began her career teaching science in middle and high school in New York. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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