Forces That Shape the Earth - NEW!
The planet we live on is constantly changing. To understand the mechanics of this change, students take a closer look at the internal structure of the earth, study models of the Earth’s layers and are introduced to the Theory of Plate Tectonics. Students realize the role of thermal energy as the driving force for this change. Related phenomenon like earthquakes are discussed based on location of plate boundaries and faults. They use models of fault blocks to understand the mechanics of an earthquake. Then students use a seismometer to measure simulated earthquakes and design and test earthquake proof structures on shake tables.
Energy Waves - NEW!
Waves are not only found in the ocean but also in the sound we hear and the light we see. Students learn how the sound they hear and the waves they can see are connected. Using Slinky’s to generate waves and understand wave propagation, students learn about the relationship of sounds to wavelength and volume to amplitude. Models of waves are created and labeled to reinforce these concepts. Students learn properties of a tuning fork and how to use it to generate sound waves. Using this information, they design and test experiments to demonstrate how energy from sound waves can displace objects like salt and water.
GRADES: K - 1
Insects can be found all over the planet; in the rainforest, in caves, and in our own backyards. At four different stations students learn how to identify basic insect body parts, observe examples of real insects of all shapes and sizes from habitats around the world, and get up-close and personal with living insects!
Download educational materials for Incredible Insects HERE
GRADES: 2 -3
Fossils provide evidence about the types of plants and animals that lived long ago. Students learn that fossils are mineral replacements, preserved remains, or traces of organisms that lived in the past. Some of the real fossils include amber with insect inclusions, dinosaur stomach stones, coprolite, fern imprint, triceratops bones. (Replicas of dinosaur claws, teeth, eggs, and many more!)
Download educational materials for Fossils HERE
GRADES: 2 -3
Students are presented with an exciting introduction to the three rock types. They learn about rock formations and properties using an extensive museum collection of rocks and crystals. Four stations are set up for hands-on exploration.
Download educational materials for Rocks HERE
Green Energy - UPDATED!
Students discuss the impact an ever growing human population has on our planet’s limited natural resources. They learn most energy and fuels used today come from sources with a limited supply and the extraction of these fuels can have adverse effects on the environment. To better understand these challenges, students work in groups to design an offshore energy farm consisting of model wind turbines made with K’Nex and pinwheels, laid out on a simulated pegboard ocean with a table fan acting as the wind energy. Using the Engineering Design Process, they have to not only decide on the most efficient placement in the wave zones but also work under the constraints of animal migration patterns, shifting winds or an unstable ocean floor.
(Grade 5 students calculate the energy output and cost based on the parts used in construction)
Engineering Ecosystems - NEW!
In this program students learn about the interdependence of Science, Engineering and Technology. Engineers work with biologists to design housing, cities and structures for specific environments and ecosystems. Students are introduced to ecosystems and their components by learning about food chains and food webs and learn the interdependent relationships that exist within them. Using this information and working in groups, students engineer a sustainable man-made ecosystem, a biodome. They follow steps in the Engineering Design Process, use K’Nex and models to create their own model biodome. Students have to ensure a balanced flow of energy exists and the basic needs are met at each level in order to obtain a sustainable biodome.
(Grade 5 students calculate energy flow in their biodome)
outreach programs for GRADEs k- 1 are 45 minutes.
Programs for grades 2 and above are 1 hour.
Fees: $175 for single program presentation
$350 for two presentations (same topic)
$500 for three presentations (same topic)
$25 Mileage Fee for schools located 25-49 miles from Science Center
$50 Mileage Fee for schools located over 50 miles from Science Center
- One class is allowed per presentation. Classes may not be combined and additional students cannot join presentations. A fee of 50% of the total programming cost will be invoiced to your school if classes are combined or additional students join a presentation.
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