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)

Explore factors contributing to the weather and see how weather changes from place to place and with the seasons on Science on a Sphere.

Our Ocean Earth (Grade 2)

Science on a Sphere shows how Earth changes over time as continents shift, separate, and collide. See what the planet looked like in the days of the dinosaurs and examine ways in which the forces of wind, water, and ice have changed our planet.

Weather vs. Climate (Grade 3)

Science on a Sphere shows how climate changes over time. Explore how the short-term changes of weather are different from the long-term changes of climate.

Introduction to Spheres (Grade 5)

Science on a Sphere brings vividly to life the nature of Earth Systems Science, exploring the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere as well as the ways in which these spheres interact with each other.

Changing Earth (Grades 6 – 8)

Science on a Sphere is ideal for illustrating the large-scale forces that drive our planet, including the motion of tectonic plates. Explore how Earth’s appearance has changed with the plates’ motion in a journey going back to the days of the dinosaurs.

Violent Planet (Grades 9 – 12)

From our planet’s currently active volcanoes and earthquakes to Earth’s distant past, this program using Science on a Sphere explores the often-violent forces that have shaped our world.