Laboratory Workshops

Explore life science, physical science, engineering, and more with our talented team of STEM educators. Our standards-aligned, highly-interactive workshops are available virtually or in-person.

For more information about planning a field trip to the Science Center, call us at 201.253.1310, email us at groups@lsc.org, or fill out our info form.

Grades Pre-K – 2

Maple Seed Models (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Create your own maple seed model out of paper, and explore how the maple seed has a special way of getting the space it needs to grow and survive. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. Approaches to Learning: Displaying Curiosity, Persistence, Making & Following Multi-Step Plans

Pollinators: Honey Bees (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Have you thanked a bee today? Pollinators provide an essential service to the ecosystem. At least a third of the world's agricultural crops depend on pollination provided by insects and other animals. Honey bees produce and store honey, but they also help to make other favorite foods. Design a pollination device that works just as hard as a busy bee. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 2-LS2-2 Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants. K-2-ETS1-2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: SL.2.5 Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Flow Motion (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. From puddles to clouds and rain to snow, water is changing its form around us all the time. Help us conduct different experiments to see evaporation, condensation, and precipitation right before our eyes. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: K-PS3-1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface. Approaches to Learning: Displaying Curiosity, Communication of New Ideas

Geometry in Nature (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Did you know that you can find math in a seashell, a honeycomb, or a leaf? Investigate patterns and shapes from nature and create your own 3D versions out of paper. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 2-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.4 Model with mathematics. Approaches to Learning: Displaying Curiosity, Problem-Solving, Following Multi-Step Plans

Light It Up! (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Plan and conduct investigations using flashlights and lightboxes to focus on what it means for objects to be transparent, opaque, translucent, or reflective. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 1-PS4-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. Approaches to Learning: Displaying Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication of New Ideas

Super Strong Shapes (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Which shapes are not only strong but… super strong? In a hands-on program that blends science and architecture, we’ll build and test our favorite three-dimensional shapes and explore how an object’s shape relates to its properties and uses. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 2-PS1-2 Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically. Approaches to Learning: Persistence, Collaboration, Problem-Solving, Following Multi-Step Plans

What’s the Matter? (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Explore the world of chemistry with investigations that show how to classify materials by their observable properties. Learn to describe what happens when we cool matter using liquid nitrogen. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 2-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. 2-PS1-4 Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. Approaches to Learning: Displaying Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication of New Ideas

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Our planet is constantly being shaped by events that can happen very slowly over time, or quite suddenly. Using a model to represent land, students will simulate how earthquakes, volcanoes, and erosion can change the shape of the land around us. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 2-ESS1-1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. Connection to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. Approaches to Learning: Displaying Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication of New Ideas

Nothing but Net! (30-45 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Want to shoot baskets like a pro? Engineer a catapult designed to push and pull your way toward this goal. Then analyze, compare, and test a friend’s design. There is always more than one possible solution to a problem! Alignment to NJSLS - Science: K-2-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically. Approaches to Learning: Persistence, Evaluating and Modifying Plans, Problem-Solving


Grades 3 – 5

Organizing Fossils (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Observe fossils up close, whether in person or virtually. We’ll determine their makeup, draw conclusions about them, and organize them by the geologic time periods when different species lived. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 3-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago. 4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Owl Pellet Dissection (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Explore the diet of our favorite raptors by dissecting the undigested remains of their prey. Dissect an owl pellet and identify what the owl consumed. This workshop is a great investigation of animal adaptations and an introduction to the food web. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some struggle to survive, and some cannot survive at all. 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. W.3.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Super Skeletons! (45-60 Minutes)

Available online or at LSC. Why do we have bones? What are they made of? How do they grow and get stronger? Discover how environmental factors, such as proper nutrition, influence the skeletons that support us. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. 4LS-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: 4.G.A.3 Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded across the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

Chemistry of Candy (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Investigate chemistry with these sweet delights to explore chemical and physical changes, then separate materials based on their properties. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.5.7 Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Force and Motion (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Discover how a force acts on everyday objects around you. Using household materials to explore the fundamental principles of forces and motion. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 3-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. 4-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

Geometry in Nature (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Did you know that you can find math in a seashell, a honeycomb, or a leaf? Investigate patterns and shapes from nature and create your own 3D versions out of paper. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically.

Grow Green (45-60 Minutes)

Available at LSC or at your school. Why is it so much hotter in a city than in the country in the summertime? Can we use plants to cool down? Learn about the urban heat island effect as you complete an engineering design challenge to create your very own model green roof! Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 4-PS3-4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

It’s Slimy Time (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Investigate chemical and physical changes by making your own slime. Get messy and have fun exploring its properties and use what you learn to engineer and create your ultimate slime. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 5-PS1-4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances. 3-5-ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. Connections to NJSLS - Math: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Simple Machines: Catapult (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Discover how simple machines are used to make work easier. Students will learn the various types of simple machines and combine several of them to build a catapult. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 3-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. 3-5 ETS1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically.


Grades 6 – 8

BRAAINS! You and the Zombie (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Join the Zombie Response Team as research scientists to help explain how a mutated strain of the zombie virus is altering zombie behavior. By identifying and explaining differences in behavior and capabilities of zombies and humans, learn to form scientific explanations while gaining a better understanding of how the brain works. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: 6.SP.B.4 Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context.

Cow Eye Dissection (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Follow light on its journey through the eye. Students will observe (online) or perform (at LSC and at your school) cow eye dissections and gain a deeper understanding of the structure and function of the human eye. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: MS-LS1-8 Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories. MS-LS4-2 Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes. SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Living or NOT! (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Using state-of-the-art microscopes, discover the characteristics of living things, investigate different types of single-celled and multicellular organisms, and make arguments supported by evidence to determine whether something is living or nonliving. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: MS-LS1-1 Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: WHST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

Acids and Bases (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Learn the power of hydrogen! Explore the important chemistry concept of acids and bases by using everyday household products. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: MS-PS1-2 Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 6.RP.A.3 Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

Forensic Science: Gotham Detective Kit (60 Minutes)

Available online or at LSC. Conduct an investigation and analyze evidence to build a case against one of the city’s notorious criminal masterminds before it’s too late. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: MS-PS1-3 Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

Moving Molecules (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Investigate how thermal motion influences particle motion. Students will experiment with hot and cold substances to determine how molecule movement changes depending on the heat. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Alignment to NJSLS - Mathematics: 6.NS.C.5 Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.

Mystery at the Hotel Philadelphia (60-75 Minutes)

Available online or at LSC. Conduct an investigation, collect and analyze evidence to identify a pathogen, and solve a deadly mystery based on a real-world disease outbreak. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: MS-PS1-3 Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.


Grades 9 – 12

Forensic Science: Gotham Detective (60-75 Minutes)

Available online or at LSC. Conduct an investigation and analyze evidence to build a case against one of the city’s notorious criminal masterminds before it’s too late. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: WHST.9-12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Mystery at the Hotel Philadelphia (60-75 Minutes)

Available online or at LSC. Conduct an investigation, collect and analyze evidence to identify a pathogen, and solve a deadly mystery based on a real-world disease outbreak. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: WHST.9-12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Unlocking Your DNA (45-60 Minutes)

Available online, at LSC, or at your school. Discover the world of genetics as you explore the human genome. Learn lab techniques and understand the role lab equipment, such as centrifuges and gel electrophoresis chambers, play in solving a genetic mystery. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: HS-LS3-1 Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring. HS-LS4-3 Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait. Connections to NJSLS – English Language Arts: RST.11-12.9 Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible. WHST.9-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes. WHST.9-12.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Connections to NJSLS – Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.