Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration Educational Programs

The visually stunning Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration features Science on a Sphere, a six-foot suspended globe developed by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Experience earth and space science come to life with high-definition images and animations based on authentic data uploaded directly from NOAA and NASA.

See earthquakes, weather patterns, sun, moon, and planets, and more – all aligned to the NJSLS-S!

For more information, call 201.253.1214, email groups@lsc.org, or fill out our info form.

Grades Pre-K-2

Fast Change, Slow Change (30-45 Minutes)

Available at LSC. The Science on a Sphere will be used to explore how Earth has changed over time as continents shift, separate, and collide. See what the planet looked like in the days of the dinosaurs. We’ll also use the big globe to examine ways in which the forces of wind, water, and ice have changed our planet gradually or suddenly. 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.

Rain, Rain, Go Away! (30-45 Minutes)

Available at LSC. The six-foot Science on a Sphere will be used to explore causes of our weather and to see how Earth’s weather changes from place to place and with the seasons. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: K-ESS2-1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time. Connection to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. MP.4 Model with mathematics.


Grades 3-5

Introduction to Spheres (30-45 Minutes)

Available at LSC. Science on a Sphere brings vividly to life the nature of Earth Systems Science, exploring the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, and how these spheres interact with one another. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Weather vs. Climate (30-45 Minutes)

Available at LSC. Earth data sets are used on the Science on a Sphere to explore climate changes over time and to explore how the short-term changes of weather are different from the long-term changes of climate. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: 3-ESS2-1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season. 3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.


Grades 9-12

Violent Planet (30-45 Minutes)

Available at LSC. From our planet’s currently active volcanoes and earthquakes to Earth’s distant past, this program uses Science on a Sphere to explore the often-violent forces that have shaped our planet. Alignment to NJSLS - Science: HS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features. Connections to NJSLS - English Language Arts: SL.11-12.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. Connections to NJSLS - Mathematics: MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. HSN-Q.A.2 Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling.