Electronic Field Trips
and STEM Demonstrations

No buses. No chaperones. No permission slips. Through LSC's Electronic Field Trips and STEM Demonstrations, you'll take full advantage of LSC's exhibitions, expertise, and lab facilities while you stay put in the classroom.

These two-way interactive sessions vary in length, grade level and course study. STEM Demonstrations are 25 minutes long and involve students watching live as an LSC STEM Educator performs an experiment on-screen. Electronic Field Trips are 45 minutes long and include students engaging in the experiment alongside the STEM educator on-screen, while also asking questions and follow-ups.

Certain technology must be in place and tested before the field trip. Review the videoconferencing requirements.

For more information and reservations, call us at 201.253.1310 or email us at sales@lsc.org.

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Electronic Field Trips

Grade Levels: 2 - 8
Length: 45 minutes
Maximum 35 students per connection

Ants: The Original Farmers

Get excited when the ants come marching one by one. Leaf-cutter ants will astonish you with their expertise in farming to support the survival of the group and their proficiency in organizing matter in the environment.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: 3-LS2-1: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems: 5-LS2-1: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems: MS-LS2-4)

Pollinators: Honey Bees

Have you thanked a bee today? Pollinators provide an essential service to the ecosystem. At least a third of the world's agricultural crops depends upon pollination provided by insects and other animals. Honey bees produce and store honey, but they also help to make other favorite foods. Design a pollination device that works just as hard as a busy bee.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: 2-LS2-2; NJSLS:S: Engineering Design: MS-ETS1-2)

When Darwin Met Mendel: Inheritable Traits

In this fictitious scenario, get to know a fellow by the name of Charles Darwin. Later during your travels you happen to meet an intriguing monk named Gregor Johann Mendel. What could you learn from these two individuals? It just might blow your mind!

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Natural Selection and Evolution: HS-LS4-2)

Biodiversity: Natural Selection

You are part of a group of field researchers and are sent to Darwin Island. The research revolves around observing a species and its interactions with its surrounding environment. Report on your findings to the Society of Virtual Learning.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Natural Selection and Adaptations: MS-LS4-4)

Chemistry of Mixtures, Solutions, and More

Learn the differences between chemical and physical changes, then separate materials based on their properties and learn about the roles of reactants and products.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Structure and Property of Matter: 5-PS1-4; NJSLS:S: Chemical Reactions: MS-PS1-2)

Circuits: Light It Up! Kit

To understand complex machines like computers and robots, we must first figure out the basic relationship between atoms and electricity. Construct your own circuits and build an understanding of electricity, insulators, and conductors.

(Note: This field trip is for grades 4-8. Aligns with NJSLS:S: Forces and Interactions: MS-PS2-3; Engineering Design: MS-ETS1-1)

3D Design

Learn the basics of 3D design.

Prerequisites:

  • Each participant will need a computer.
  • Participants must download open source software, TinkerCad. A document with download directions will be provided.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Engineering Design: K-2-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3)

Geometry in Nature

Classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Structure and Properties of Matter: 2-PS1-1, 5-PS1-3)

Forensic Science: Careers

Apply forensic science to uncover, identify and individualize potential evidence. Explore the diverse career paths under the forensic science umbrella.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: MS-ETS1-4)

Forensic Science: Gotham Detective Kit

Conduct an investigation and analyze evidence to build a case against one of the city’s notorious criminal masterminds before it’s too late. This program includes a kit and a 45-to-60-minute videoconference.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions: MS-PS1-3, Structure and Function: HS-LS1-3)

It’s a Gas!

Is the glass half empty, or half full? Scientifically speaking, the glass is always full—of matter. A gas is one of the four fundamental states of matter. Explore the properties of gases.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Structure and Property of Matter: 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-2, MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-4)

Plants

These amazing organisms are do such much for the environment. But how do they do it? In this program, construct a model to support the argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. For older scientists, the role of photosynthesis is explored.

(Note: This field trip is for grade 5. Aligns with NJSLS:S: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: 5-LS1-1, MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5)

Renewable Energy

As such nonrenewable energy sources as coal and oil dwindle, we need to look to other sources such as sun, wind, and water. Explore our Energy Quest gallery and experiment with a variety of renewable energy sources.

(Note: This field trip is for grades 4-8. Aligns with NJSLS:S: Energy: 4-PS3-4, MS-PS3-4)

Weathering and Erosion

Earth is constantly changing. Although some changes happen quickly, others occur over long periods of time. Using “The Forces of Change” animation in Our Hudson Home, explore how the local terrain has changed over the eons.

(Note: This field trip is for grades 4-8. Aligns with NJSLS:S: History of Earth: MS-ESS2-2; Earth’s Systems: Processes That Shape the Earth: 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-2)


STEM Demonstrations

Grade Levels: 3-8
Length: 25 minutes
Maximum 30 students per connection

Glowing Rocks

Have you ever looked at rocks—really looked at them under different types of light sources? Take a look at rocks in a whole new way and make your own extraordinary rock.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Structure and Properties:
5-PS1-3)

Cow Eye Dissection

Illustrate the interactions of light as it enters the eye to allow objects to be seen, then interpreted by the brain.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer: 4-PS4-2, MS-PS4-2)

Chemical Reactions

Choose one of the following reactions to support your students’ learning:

  • Decomposition
  • Single Replacement
  • Double Replacement
  • Combustion

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions: 5-PS1-4, MS-PS1-5)

Animal Adaptations

Animals from our collection illustrate that in a particular habitat, some organisms can survive well, some struggle to survive, and some cannot survive at all. Patterns of interactions among organisms can be predicted.

(Aligns with NJSLS:S: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems 3-LS4-3, MS-LS2-2)