Classroom Workshops

Our STEM educators are ready to step into your classroom with in-depth explorations of the science topics and skills required in your curriculum. Your students will love it! To deliver any of these programs, we will travel within a 140-mile radius of Jersey City.

For more information and reservations, call us at 201.253.1310, email us at sales@lsc.org, or fill out our info form.

Grades Pre-K – 2

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

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

Length: 45 minutes

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

The States of Matter

Length: 45 minutes

Using super-cold liquid nitrogen and common household items, observe how things change from solid to liquid to gas. Construct explanations for the changes in this really cool exploration of matter. NJSLS (Science): 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

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


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

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