Laboratory Workshops

Explore physics, biology, chemistry, life science, engineering, and more with our expert education staff in one of our fully equipped laboratories. Each course is tightly aligned with the NJSLS-S for the grade level you teach. Find more detailed information about this school year's offerings and curriculum alignment in LSC's STEM Education Planning Guide.

Grades Pre-K – 2

Waterbenders

Length: 45 minutes

Stop water from changing the shape of land and protect a simulated town. Using a variety of materials, students will engineer a structure to prevent the effects of erosion in this engineering-meets-earth-science, hands-on workshop. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s Systems 2-ESS2-1

Nature’s Helpers

Length: 45 minutes

Discover how we depend on plants, insects, and other animals, and how they are essential to the environment we live in. This workshop includes live animal encounters and hands-on activities in topics such as pollination and soil ecology. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; K-LS1-1, Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics 2-LS2-2

Rocky Looks at Living Things

Length: 45 minutes

Rocky the rock is wondering whether he is alive. Investigate what living things need, how they grow and change, and ways that they survive in their habitats. Life cycles, camouflage, living and nonliving specimens will all be observed in order to gather evidence for Rocky. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes K-LS1-1, From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 1-LS1-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 2-LS4-1

Me...As a Tree

Length: 45 minutes

Through music, movement, art, pictures, and writing, comparing and contrasting our bodies and our life history to those of trees. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes K-LS1-1, Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Trains 1-LS3-1

The Skeleton Inside You

Length: 45 minutes

Why do we have bones? What are they made of? How is their structure related to their function? What happens when they break? Discover these answers and many more as we learn about bones in the story The Skeleton Inside You by Philip Balestrino. After reading our story, craft your own ‘broken bone’ and mend it with a cast. NJSLS (Science): Engineering Design K-2-ETS1-2

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Length: 45 minutes

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. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s Place in the Universe 2-ESS1-1

Shooting Hoops with Uncle Isaac

Length: 45 minutes

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! NJSLS (Science): Engineering Design K-2-ETS1-3

Flow Motion

Length: 45 minutes

Learn the basics of the water cycle in this highly interactive program. Through active listening, investigation, and kinesthetic role-play, students will understand the main processes of the water cycle, from the sun warming Earth to the various forms water can take. Follow the leader as we become water droplets to model the water cycle and complete our journey. NJSLS (Science): Energy K-PS3-1

Light It Up!

Length: 45 minutes

Plan and conduct investigations using flashlights and light boxes to focus on what it means for objects to be transparent, opaque, translucent, and reflective. NJSLS (Science): Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer 1-PS4-3

Ready, Set, Robotics!

Length: 45 minutes

Aspiring computer scientists, get ready for a hands-on introduction to the world of robotics. Observe how a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a variety of new robots! NJSLS (Science): Matter and Its Interactions 2-PS1-3

What's the Matter?

Length: 45 minutes

Explore the colorful world of chemistry with investigations that show how to classify materials by their observable properties and describe what happens when we cool matter using liquid nitrogen. NJSLS (Science): Matter and Its Interactions 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-4


Grades 3 – 5

Energize

Length: 45 minutes

Discover ways that energy can be used in our everyday life as you explore and experiment with different forms of energies. NJSLS (Science): Energy: 4-PS3-2

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Length: 45 minutes

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! NJSLS (Science): Energy: 4-PS3-4

Fight the Flood

Length: 45 minutes

It’s mother nature’s world, we just live in it. Come learn how humans design and modify structures to resist extreme weather. Become a civil engineer and design a home that can withstand regular flooding. NJSLS (Science): Earth and Human Activity: 3-ESS3-1, 4-ESS3-2

Adaptation Exploration

Could a polar bear survive in the middle of the Sahara Desert? Explore animal adaptations up close with live animal interactions. Reveal how they have developed unique survival solutions to adapt to their environment in order to find food, protect themselves, or find a mate. NJSLS (Science): Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 3-LS4-3, Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits: 3-LS3-2

Owl Pellet Dissection

Length: 45 minutes

Explore the diet of our favorite raptors by dissecting the undigested remains of their prey. Pairs team up to dissect their own owl pellet and identify what the owl consumed. This workshop is a great investigation of animal adaptations and an introduction to the food web. NJSLS (Science): Biological Evolution: Unity & Diversity: 3-LS4-3 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes: 4-LS1-1

A Look Inside

Length: 45 minutes

How does the structure of the human body keep us moving? Find out the purpose of our skeleton and muscles, learn how our bones connect, and add muscles to a model skeleton to see how these systems work together. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 4-LS1-1

Electricity and Magnetism

Length: 45 minutes

Starting with the phenomenon of an electromagnet, students conduct a series of hands-on experiments to come to an understanding of the relationship between the two forces of electricity and magnetism. NJSLS (Science): Motion & Stability: Forces & Interactions: 3-PS2-3 Matter and Its Interactions: 5-PS1-1

Balls and Tracks

Length: 45 minutes

What forces of science help ski jumpers become champions? Using marbles and ramps, this hands-on program introduces the fundamental principles of gravitational forces and projectile motion. Investigate the path that a launched projectile takes, discover the patterns of this motion, and use data to predict the distance of a final launch! NJSLS (Science): Motion & Stability: Forces & Interactions: 3-PS2-2

It’s a Slimy Time

Length: 45 minutes

Investigate chemical and physical changes by making your own slime and experimenting with others! Get messy and have fun exploring the properties of polymers to help you engineer and create your ultimate slime. NJSLS (Science): Matter and Its Interactions: 5-PS1-4 and Engineering Design 3-5-ETS1-1

The Power of Air

Length: 45 minutes

Experience first-hand how surprisingly strong air can be! Conduct air pressure experiments in this interactive, station-based workshop. Discover the underlying principles of what makes wind, how suction cups work, and why airplanes fly! NJSLS (Science): Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions 3-PS2-1

Filter the Future

Length: 45 minutes

How does tap water become so clean and clear? Conduct a variety of tests to determine if a water sample is safe for human consumption. Then generate a solution to make the water sample as clean and clear as the water from your home faucets. NJSLS (Science): Earth and Human Activity: 4-ESS3-2

Bee-Bot Robot Challenge

Length: 45 minutes

Bee-Bots are programmable robots that follow a few basic rules, called algorithms. Discover how algorithms can be used in conjunction with mathematics skills to develop a solution to a given problem. NJSLS (Science): Engineering Design: 3-5-ETS1-1

All Shook Up

Length: 90 minutes

Why are there volcanoes in the middle of the ocean? Why aren’t there volcanoes in our own backyard? Discover how scientists are learning to accurately predict natural disasters by plotting and analyzing patterns found in seismic activity around the planet. Model the movement of Earth’s plates and discover what’s boiling beneath the surface of the planet. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s Systems 4-ESS2-2

Diversity of Life

Length: 90 minutes

Explore the energy pyramid and learn about the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers. Interact with live plants and animals to see how their external structures help them grow and survive, then explore the role fungi play in breaking down organisms and returning them to the soil. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes: 4-LS1-1, Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: 5-LS2-1

Swinging into the Past

Length: 90 minutes

Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures! Put your paleo party shoes on for a trek into the past with a variety of hands-on fossil activities, including making your own fossil. Compare live animals to their past relatives to determine environments from long ago. NJSLS (Science): Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3

Ocular Observations

Length: 90 minutes

Follow light on its journey through the eye. In this very hands-on workshop, perform cow eye dissections and gain a deeper understanding of how light gets from an object to the human eye, and explore how the shape of the lens bends light. NJSLS (Science): Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer 4-PS4-2

Matter Matters

Length: 90 minutes

Explore the basis of chemical changes by engaging in hands-on experiments to identify unknown substances by their properties. Investigate such concepts as hardness, chemical change, solubility, and others. NJSLS (Science): Matter and Its Interactions: 5-PS1-3

Brainstorming around the World

Length: 90 minutes

Using global data display units, embark on a meteorological journey around the world! Climatological data collection is a breeze for student meteorologists exploring the relationship between temperature, precipitation and climate. Students create graphical representations of their data to classify the climate zone of their region. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s Systems: 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2

It's All Connected

Length: 90 minutes

Explore how our one planet is actually composed of several major spheres; the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere! Learn how these spheres impact each other to shape our world. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s System: 5-ESS2-1

Weathering Away

Length: 90 minutes

We know that Earth is made of minerals and rocks, but there are many tinier particles. This workshop examines how these tiny particles, called sediments, form. Investigate how rocks and minerals break and move across Earth through chemical and physical changes. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s System: 4-ESS2-1

Oh No, Oil Spill

Length: 90 minutes

Identify how oil spills can adversely affect our environment and learn ways that human beings can build solutions to this problem. NJSLS (Science): Engineering Design: 3-5-ETS1-2 Earth and Human Activity: 5-ESS3-1


Grades 6 – 8

BRAAINS! You and the Zombie

Length: 45 minutes

Zombies are everywhere these days! 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. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes MS-LS1-5

Cow Eye Dissection

Length: 45 minutes

Follow light on its journey through the eye. Pairs of students will perform cow eye dissections and gain a deeper understanding of the structure and function of the human eye. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes: MS-LS1-8; NJSLS (Science): Biological Evolution: Unity & Diversity: MS-LS4-2

Walking into the Present

Length: 45 minutes

What did early humans look like? How closely are humans related to gorillas? How do we determine how old a fossil is? Discover the answers to these questions and more as students measure, compare, and organize hominid skulls into a family tree. NJSLS (Science): Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: MS-LS4-2

Living or NOT!

Length: 45 minutes

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. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: MS-LS1-1

Transform It!

Length: 45 minutes

Energy comes in many forms, some are renewable and can power the future, others can not. Join us as we experiment with energy transformations and/or power generations. NJSLS (Science): Energy MS-PS-3-2, MS-PS-3-5; Engineering Design: MS-ETS1-2

It's All about Reactions

Length: 45 minutes

Conduct an inquiry-based set of experiments using chemical reactions to analyze and interpret data on the properties of unknown substances. NJSLS (Science): Matter and Its Interactions: MS-PS1-2

Scaling the Solar System

Length: 45 minutes

Create a model of our solar system to gain an understanding of its spatial scale. Work with fractions and ratios to generate an accurate physical model of the solar system. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s Place in the Universe: MS-ESS1-3

Understanding Gravity

Length: 45 minutes

Gravity is one of the fundamental forces in the universe and is strictly attractive in nature. Using an online simulation and station-based experiments, explore varying interactions and their gravitational effects on other celestial bodies. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s Place in the Universe: MS-ESS1-2

Rolling Down the River

Length: 90 minutes

Create a model of a floodplain to investigate the relationship between precipitation, gravity, and river geometry. Students will leave with an understanding of how flooding occurs in different scenarios and why humans are limited in their options to adapt. NJSLS (Science): Earth’s Systems MS-ESS2-4

The Case of the Silver Monkey

Length: 90 minutes

LSC has lost a valuable artifact and we need your help! Become forensic investigators as you examine fingerprints, study shoeprints, delve into blood typing, and put all your knowledge together to nab the thief and solve the case! NJSLS (Science): Engineering Design: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3

Trouble on the Waterfront

Length: 90 minutes

A small town just opened Kanye Western Automotive factory by an old water reservoir. Test a water sample to determine if the water is safe for use, and budget limited resources to decide which treatments must be purchased to purify the water. NJSLS (Science): Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: MS-LS2-5, Engineering Design MS-ETS1-2

The Right Stuff: Science of Materials

Length: 90 minutes

Explore the exciting world of materials science by learning about the properties and structures of metals, ceramics, and polymers (plastics). See metal that “remembers” its shape and tin foil being made right before your eyes. Learn how the underlying structure of a material determines its function and suitability for a specific need. NJSLS (Science): Matter and Its Interactions; MS-PS1-1; MS-PS1-3

Under Pressure

Length: 90 minutes

Atmospheric pressure governs almost all weather! Discover how different converging and diverging air masses bring along different forms of precipitation, temperatures, and more. Experiment with the physics of pressure and apply that understanding to investigations of weather phenomena to comprehend how weather is always about pressure! NJSLS (Science): Earth’s Systems MS-ESS2-5

Project Skyscraper

Length: 90 minutes

Begin with a mini engineering design challenge, handle surveying equipment, and try other activities to explore real world applications of mathematical concepts. Then put your skills to the test and work collaboratively to build a scale model of One World Trade Center. Math concepts incorporated into this program include measurement, proportions, and scaling. NJSLS (Science): Engineering Design MS-ETS1-3


Grades 9 – 12

The Physics of Car Crashes

Length: 90 minutes

Students, using Vernier dynamics carts and tracks, will explore the physics of car crashes and keeping safe through the study of varying types of collisions (elastic and inelastic), force, and impact time. This exploration will lead students to engineer a device to survive in the impact of a ‘crash.’ LabQuest devices and force sensors will assist in data collections leading to design modification. NJSLS (Science): Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions HS-PS2-3

Our Water Systems: What’s in Our Water?

Length: 90 minutes

Where does the water we use come from, where does it go, what happens to it along the way? Students explore our water systems through a gallery format, becoming an “expert” on a contributing aspect such as eutrophication, combined sewage overflow, pH levels, and marine life in New York Harbor. Students then test local water from the Hudson River as well as our tap water, comparing the results to EPA guidelines. NJSLS (Science): Earth and Human Activity: HS-ESS3-1

Animal Behavior

Length: 90 minutes

What is a behavior? Can we influence it? Are humans animals with behaviors that can be manipulated? Observe our tamarins and your fellow humans as you learn how to decipher and record animal behaviors, and then discover how to influence behavior as you design an experimental habitat for a live Madagascar hissing cockroach!NJSLS (Science): Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics HS-LS2-8

Science of Sight

Length: 90 minutes

How do we see? Understand how your eyes and brain interact to collect and interpret images as you dissect a cow eye, and learn what goes wrong along this pathway as you trick your brain with optical illusions. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes: HS-LS1-2

Stabilizing the System

Length: 90 minutes

Learn about homeostasis and feedback mechanisms as you use Vernier sensors to observe and analyze your own heart rate, lung capacity, blood pressure, and more. Note: The results of these experiments can be taken back to school for analysis. Bring a USB drive for transport. NJSLS (Science): From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes: HS-LS1-3

Forensics Anthropology

Length: 90 minutes

Tibia or not tibia, that is the question! Learn to observe and identify the bones and features that make us so unique. Tell the story of a human by reading the patterns in various skeletal features, and solve an archaeological crime by using clues dug up from the dirt to determine whether it is a funeral or a fraud. NJSLS (Science): Engineering Design HS-ETS1-2

Unlocking your DNA

Length: 90 minutes

Discover the world of genetics as you explore the human genome. Use hands-on lab techniques and lab equipment such as micro-pipettes, centrifuges, and gel electrophoresis chambers as you solve a genetic mystery. Note: The results of these experiments can be taken with the students on a USB. NJSLS (Science): Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits: HS-LS3-1; NJSLS (Science): Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: HS-LS4-3

Chemical Investigations

Length: 90 minutes

Why is the periodic table that strange shape? Melt, dissolve, and electrify chemicals as you learn how to predict an element’s properties by noting its place on the periodic table. NJSLS (Science): Matter and Its Interactions: HS-PS1-1