Educational Programs in the
Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration

This stunning new laboratory classroom on the second floor features Science on a Sphere, the brainchild of researchers at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). This six-foot suspended globe is the focus of programs for K-12 students, using HD images uploaded directly from NOAA and NASA. The STEM team at LSC leads programs exploring weather, climate change, the continents, plate tectonics, and more—all aligned to the NJSLS:S.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away! (Grade K)

The suspended six-foot Earth globe will be used to explore causes for our weather, and to see how Earth’s weather varies from place to place and changes with the seasons. NJSLS (Science): K-ESS2-1

Fast Change, Slow Change (Grade 2)

The Science on a Sphere will be used to explore how Earth has changed over time as continents shift, separate, and collide. We’ll 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 in ways slow and fast. NJSLS (Science): 2-ESS1-1

Weather vs. Climate (Grade 3)

Earth data sets will be used on the Science on a Sphere to observe climate changes over time, and to explore how the short-term changes of weather are different from the long-time changes of climate. NJSLS (Science): 3-ESS2-1; 3-ESS2-2

Introduction to Spheres (Grade 5)

Science on a Sphere brings vividly to life the nature of Earth Systems Science, exploring the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and ways in which these spheres interact with each other. NJSLS (Science): 5-ESS2-1

Changing Earth (Grades 6 – 8)

Science on a Sphere is ideal for vividly illustrating the large-scale forces that drive our planet, including the motion of the plates. Students will explore how Earth’s appearance has changed over a long span resulting from plate motion, in a journey going back to the days of the dinosaurs. NJSLS (Science): MS-ESS1-4; MS-ESS2-3

Violent Planet (Grades 9 – 12)

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. NJSLS (Science): HS-ESS2-1