Energy Waves


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.

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Forces That Shape the Earth


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.

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Galaxy Quest


Younger students experience the excitement of space travel! This simulation will have astronauts in training visit a space station in orbit around the Earth to complete scientific tests. Upon their return to our home planet students work in Mission Control to learn more about the challenges of the space environment.

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Remarkable Reactions


Students perform a series of experiments and observe the fascinating changes chemicals undergo. Students will understand the basics of physical and chemical changes and are amazed to see how some of these changes can be reversed.

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Charge It Up


Students receive a fun introduction to electricity and learn what really happens when you flip on a power switch. They work with devices that convert energy from one form to another. Working with electrical circuits, students complete a series of challenges.

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Cellular Adventures

GRADES: 6 - 8

Have your students conduct an investigation to demonstrate that all living things are composed of cells. Students extract onion cells, and prepare their sample for microscope viewing by mounting, staining, and adding a coverslip. They observe the cells under the microscope while recording and sketching observations. In addition, they compare and contrast their prepared slides to human cheek cells and examine differences between plant and animal cells.

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DNA Up Close and Personal

GRADES: 6 and above

In this introduction to biochemistry, students extract their own DNA, using cheek cells as the source.  The lab begins with a discussion of the structure of a typical cell. Then, students study DNA -- the very chemical structure responsible for their unique existence. The lesson culminates with students saving their own DNA in a laboratory micro test tube.

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Engineering Extremes

GRADES: 3 - 5

Build, test, and rebuild!  Students are presented with a variety of engineering challenges, each with an extreme condition they have to overcome to build a successful project.  From budget limitations to natural disasters, student engineers work in teams to design prototypes and models in order to meet the constraints of the challenge.  Students use the Engineering Design Process and discover first-hand, how failure can be an important part of the problem solving-interactive process and a positive way to learn.

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Fees:  $225 per one hour workshop, maximum 34 students.

  • One adult or chaperone is required for every six students. Additional adults are allowed, as space permits, at $5 per adult, payable at time of visit.


Call 916.674.5000 to schedule your visit.