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 (45 minutes)

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

The Skeleton Inside You (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): K-2-ETS1-2

Nature's Helpers (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 on topics such as pollination and soil ecology. NJSLS (Science): 2-LS2-2

Rocky Looks at Living Things (45 minutes)

Rocky the rock is wondering whether he is alive. Investigate what living things need, how they grow and change, and the ways that they survive in their habitats. Parts of life cycles, camouflage, living and nonliving specimens will all be observed in order to gather evidence for Rocky. NJSLS (Science): 2-LS4-1

Me… As a Tree (45 minutes)

Through music, movement, art, pictures, and writing, we will compare and contrast our bodies and our life history to those of trees. NJSLS (Science): 1-LS3-1

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (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): 2-ESS1-1

Shooting Hoops with Uncle Isaac (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): K-2-ETS1-3

Flow Motion (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 the 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): K-PS3-1

Light It Up! (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): 1-PS4-3

Ready, Set, Robotics! (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): 2-PS1-3

What's the Matter?

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. NJSLS (Science): 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-4


Grades 3 – 5

It Ain't Easy Being Green (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): 4-PS3-4

Fight the Flood (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): 3-ESS3-1, 4-ESS3-2

Adaptation Exploration (45 minutes)

Could a polar bear survive in the middle of the Sahara Desert? Explore animal adaptations up close with live animal interactions. Discover how species have developed unique survival solutions to adapt to their environment in order to find food, protect themselves, or find a mate. NJSLS (Science): 3-LS4-3, 3-LS3-2

Owl Pellet Dissection (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): 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1

A Look Inside (45 minutes)

What structures do our bodies have to help us survive? Find out the purpose of our skeleton and muscles and how our bones connect, and then add muscles to a model skeleton to see how different systems work together. NJSLS (Science): 4-LS1-1

Electricity and Magnetism (45 minutes)

Starting with the phenomenon of an electromagnet, students use many hands-on experiments to come to an understanding of the relationship between the forces of electricity and magnetism. NJSLS (Science): 3-PS2-3, 5-PS1-1

Balls and Tracks (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): 3-PS2-2

It's a Slimy Time (45 minutes)

Investigate chemical and physical changes by making your own slime and experimenting with others! Get messy and have fun exploring their properties to help you engineer and create your ultimate slime. NJSLS (Science): 5-PS1-4, 3-5-ETS1-1

Power of Air (45 minutes)

Experience firsthand 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): 3-PS2-1

Filter the Future (45 minutes)

How does tap water become so clean and clear? Conduct a variety of tests to determine whether 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): 4-ESS3-2

Bee-Bot Robot Challenge (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 to develop a solution to a given problem. NJSLS (Science): 3-5-ETS1-1

Diversity of Life (90 minutes)

Explore the energy pyramid and learn about the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers. Interact with live plants and animals then explore the role fungi play in breaking down organisms and returning them to the soil. NJSLS: 5-LS2-1

Swinging into the Past (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): 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3

Ocular Observations (90 minutes)

Follow light on its journey through the eye. In this very hands-on workshop. Perform cow eye dissections, 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): 4-PS4-2

Matter Matters (90 minutes)

Discover that matter has unique properties by engaging in hands-on experiments to identify unknown substances. Investigate such concepts as electrical conductivity, chemical changes, solubility, and more. NJSLS (Science): 5-PS1-3

Brainstorming Around the World (90 minutes)

Climatological data collection is a breeze for student meteorologists, who will use global data display units to explore the relationship between temperature, precipitation, and climate, and then create graphical representations of their data to classify climate zones. NJSLS (Science): 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2

Oh No, Oil Spill! (90 minutes)

Identify how oil spills adversely affect our environment and ways that human beings can build solutions. NJSLS (Science): 3-5-ETS1-2, 5-ESS3-1


Grades 6 – 8

BRAAINS! You and the Zombie (45 minutes)

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): MS-LS1-5

Cow Eye Dissection (45 minutes)

Follow light on its journey through the eye. Students will pair off to perform cow eye dissections and gain a deeper understanding of the structure and function of the human eye. NJSLS (Science): MS-LS1-8 , MS-LS4-2

Walking into the Present (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): MS-LS4-2

Living or NOT! (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): MS-LS1-1

Energy: Use It and Lose It! (45 minutes)

Energy comes in many forms. We use it, and lose it, every day. Through handson stations, use models and complete experiments to track energy flow in a series of transformations that produce both useful actions and losses. NJSLS (Science): MS-PS3-5

It’s All about Reactions (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): MS-PS1-2

The Case of the Silver Monkey (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 of the Silver Monkey! NJSLS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3

Trouble on the Waterfont (90 minutes)

A small town just opened an automotive factory by an old water reservoir. Test a water sample to determine if the water is safe for use, then budget limited resources to decide which treatments must be purchased to purify the water. NJSLS: MS-LS2-5, MS-ETS1-2

Project Skyscraper (90 minutes)

This workshop begins with a mini engineering design challenge before students manipulate surveying equipment and explore real-world applications of mathematical concepts. Students will also be asked to put their skills to the test and work collaboratively to build a scale model of One World Trade Center. Math concepts in this program include measurement, proportions, and scaling. NJSLS: MS-ETS1-3


Grades 9 – 12

Physics of Car Crashes (90 minutes)

Explore the physics of car crashes and safety devices through the study of varying types of collisions (elastic and inelastic), force, and impact time. This exploration will guide your students to use Vernier sensors to engineer and analyze their own device which will survive the impact of a ‘crash.’ NJSLS: HS-PS2-3

Our Water Systems: What’s in Our Water? (90 minutes)

Where does the water we use come from, where does it go, and 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: HS-ESS3-1

Animal Behavior (90 minutes)

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

Stabilizing the System (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. NJSLS: HS-LS1-3

Forensic Anthropology (90 minutes)

Tibia or not tibia, that is the question! Learn to observe and identify the bones and features that make us unique. Tell the story of a human by reading the patterns in various skeletal features. Then, solve an archaeological crime by using clues dug up from Earth to determine whether you’re dealing with a funeral or a fraud. NJSLS: HS-ETS1-2

Unlocking Your DNA (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. NJSLS: HS-LS3-1, HS-LS4-3

Chemical Investigations (90 minutes)

Can we predict properties by looking at the periodic table? Melt, dissolve, break, and electrify chemicals; learn how different bond types are classified; and use your knowledge to identify how an unknown substance will behave by observing only its chemical formula. NJSLS: HS-PS1-1