Classroom Visits -Overview-

You may select an entire lesson category or individual lessons to suit your students educational needs. Each lesson is an hour in length and provides the students with hands-on application as they build projects supporting the scientific principles being taught. The combination of verbal, visual, and tactile stimulation as well as the fun and interesting applications of scientific principles ensure that your students retain what they learn. Each student gets to take home the project they build and are encouraged to share with parents and siblings the fun and interesting science they learned, further reinforcing the lesson. We can work with you in bringing fun and entertaining science to your classroom. 1 hour thru 20 hour lesson plans or any thing in-between, we can fit your needs. Team up with other teachers for a multi-class science extravaganza!

Space

LIVES OF THE STARS

The children discover how the stars shine through nuclear fusion while participating in a classroom star cluster to observe the birth and death of stars of different colors and sizes. Each child will also build a “Star Clock” to follow the life cycle of small, medium, and large stars from their formation through their end as a white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole.

SOLAR SYSTEM

The children will learn important facts about the Sun, the four inner planets, the asteroid belt, and the five outer planets as they build a solar system board.

SOLAR SCIENCE

Our Sun is the heart of our solar system and provides nearly all of its heat and light. Children discover the size of our closest star, the sun, and investigate the nuclear energy that keeps it shining. After constructing a Sun model complete with erupting solar flares, the children get their very own protective glasses and observe the Sun’s surface for sunspots and other signs of dynamic activity.

A COMET'S TAIL

Comets orbit at the edges of the outer solar system with majestic brilliance. These dirty snowballs of ice and dust are a rare spectacle in a clear nighttime sky. Children make a model comet while they explore what comets are made of and where they come from. Then, with a special bouncy comet, the solar system is reviewed in an exciting game of comet golf.

MARS & RED PLANET ROVER

What does it take to explore an alien world? The children investigate the harsh conditions present on the surface of Mars and design a model rover able to explore its freezing deserts and windswept plains.

EARTH AND MOON

The children will discover that the Moon does not make light of its own, but rather it reflects the Sun’s light. Through the use of flash cards and an interactive game, they will see what causes the Moon to seem to change shape as it goes through its different phases. As the children build a scientific model of Earth and the Moon, they will learn that the Moon is a natural satellite of Earth that is attracted to Earth by a special force called gravity.

STAR WINDOWS

The children will learn about constellations as they create a class constellation out of cardstock stars and make a seasonal star chart. Then they will construct a fiber optic Constellation Cube showing two constellations in the night sky: Ursa Major and Cassiopeia.

INSIDE OUR PLANET

All planets are round on the outside and orbit the Sun, but what lurks beneath their surfaces? The children become planetary geologists and uncover the hidden structure of inner, outer, and dwarf planets while making sand art cross-sections of each. Magnetism, volcanism, and mineralogy are the keys to this journey to the center of three very different worlds.

SATELLITES

Artificial satellites of all shapes and sizes have circled Earth continuously since October of 1957. Today, thousands of satellites help us predict the weather, send TV pictures around the world, and even keep buses on schedule. The children learn the science of satellites and build a model to learn the different parts that make them work.

SPACE STATIONS

From its lofty orbit over 200 miles above the Earth, astronauts and cosmonauts conduct amazing experiments aboard the International Space Station. Children learn the function of the space station and build an experimental glove box similar to ones used by astronauts.

SPACE SHUTTLES

Developed over twenty years ago, the US Space Shuttle has carried more people from more places into space than all the world’s other spacecraft combined. Children build a Shuttle Glider and explore the science of space flight as they consider the different designs under consideration for the Space Shuttles of the future.

 

Chemistry

INTRODUCTION TO MATTER

The children will be introduced to molecules, learning how they move in the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Activities will include playing the Human Molecule Game, watching what happens when food coloring is added to liquids and building an action model of molecules in a solid, liquid and a gas.

 

GLOWING SLIME

The children will be introduced to atoms, molecules, and polymers as they make glowing slime from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), sodium borate, and glow dust. The children will learn why their slime glows by playing Energized Electrons, an interactive game that will teach them about phosphorescence.

CHILLING HAND

The children will be challenged to discover how the “Chilling Hand” (a latex/nitril glove) inflates like a balloon and feels cold to the touch. Students will investigate chemical reactions, while exploring reactions that feel hot(exothermic) or cold (endothermic).

BOTTOMLESS CUP

Where did all the water go?  Was it magic?  No, it’s chemistry! The children experiment with “Waterlock,” a super absorbing polymer that can absorb over 800 times its weight in water!  Prepare to be amazed as your children learn how to make water disappear right before your eyes!

BOUNCING SLIME

Children find out that in science discoveries are sometimes made by accident. From time to time, scientists make new discoveries while looking for other things. Using the scientific method keeps the children organized while they experiment to find the ultimate bounce slime recipe.

SMELLY PUTTY

Children love stinky things, so getting to make thier very own smelly putty is sure to be a treat.

Earth Science

UNDER YOUR FEET

The children will learn about the structure and composition of the Earth as they make a model of the Earth that shows its layers as well as its oceans and continents. Eating a Tootsie Roll Pop will remind them of the Earth’s three main layers.

VOLCANOES

The children will learn about volcanoes and how they are formed and will get to observe samples of extrusive and intrusive igneous rocks. They will make a scientific model of a volcano that they will take home and cause to erupt using a chemical reaction. A demonstration of Volcano Island will provide excitement as the children choose a homesite location on the island and then watch as the volcano erupts and lava flows down its sides.

ROCK OVERVIEW

The children will be introduced to scientific rock classification and to the rock cycle. The three rock groups—sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic—will be described. The children will make their own rock board with three samples from each rock group.

GEODES

Children learn some of the magnificent and amazing things that form deep inside the Earth as they examine a geode and get to open it up to see the marvelous crystals inside.

FOSSIL DIG

The children will explore fossils and discover the ways that three different types of fossils are formed. Students learn how paleontologists study fossils to learn about life a long, long time ago. They will go to a pretend dig to find blocks containing “fossils”: They will remove the fossils from their block using proper paleontology procedures and techniques. Finally, the children will each get a sample of fossiliferous limestone and learn how this kind of rock was formed.

EXTREME EARTH

From the colossal heat of the desert to the frigid cold of the arctic, children discover how extreme the Earth really is. Children build a rotating, 3-D diorama depicting four of the most extreme biomes on Earth: the desert, ocean, arctic, and rainforest. They discover that the animals and plants have to be amazingly adaptable to survive in these harsh and unique environments.

STORM CHASERS

Known as one of the most awesome forces of nature, tornadoes still hold many mysteries. Children learn the reasons tornadoes and hurricanes form as they build their own vortex-making wind tunnel and view a tornado in a bottle.

SHAKING & QUAKING

There is a whole lot of shaking going on! Find out the reasons for all the "rocking and rolling" that make our planet such a dynamic place. The children explore plate tectonics and fault boundaries as they make a magnetic puzzle of Earth’s plate system.

WEATHER WATCHERS

Unpredictable, weather is an extreme result of planet power. The children leap into meteorology to learn how temperature, moisture, and air pressure make days rainy or clear. They then build their very own K’nex weather station able to track wind speed, wind direction, temperature, and precipitation.

Life Science

BONE ZONE

The skeletal system of our body includes an endoskeleton, a framework of bones that gives us shape and provides us with protection and support. The children experiment with bone strength and build a plastic skeleton model to discover some of the scientific names of the bones that make up their frame.

SQUID DISSECTION

The children will be introduced to the scientific classification of living things. They will learn to identify parts of the external and internal anatomies of a squid and will find out how the squid moves, eats, breathes, and reproduces. At the end of the dissection, they will extract the cartilage pen and write their name using ink from the ink sac..

ARTHROPOD SURVEY

The children will be introduced to the scientific classification of living things, focusing on arthropods, especially insects. The children will learn to identify parts of the external anatomy of a grasshopper and will find out how the grasshopper moves, eats, breathes, grows, and reproduces. They will build an edible scientific model of an arthropod.

OWL PELLETS

The children will learn about the interdependence of living things as they are introduced to habitats, food chains, and food webs. They will dissect an owl pellet, discovering what an owl pellet is, how it is formed, and what it tells scientists. Activities will include identifying the bones from the pellet and using them to try to reconstruct a complete skeleton.

A FROGS LIFE

The children are introduced to amphibians as they discover the life cycle of a frog. A snack of tapioca pudding and a grape will demonstrate the difference between amphibian and reptile eggs. As the children play a tongue-flipping-frog game, they will learn about the way some frogs use their tongue to catch insects.

MAGNIFICENT MAMMALS

The children are introduced to the group of vertebrates to which they belong—the mammals! They then construct a mammal diorama that shows the extreme diversity of mammals. Whether they are in sea, land, or air, there is no place a mammal can't be.

FOSSIL FIND

Stumble onto one of the “biggest” discoveries of the 20th century as we take a look at creatures both great and small from a time long ago. Go on a fossil hunt to find out how much of our knowledge about dinosaurs and fossils came about by chance. Everyone takes home their own Fossil Museum Board.


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