Choose from 45-minute, half-day, or full-day laboratory workshops aligned with NJSLS-S and covering the science study areas required at each grade level.
Laboratory Workshops (45 minutes)
How does tap water become so clean and clear? In this lab workshop, conduct a variety of tests to determine if 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:S: Earth and Human Activity: 4-ESS3-2
NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions: 5-PS1-4 and Enginering Design 3-5-ETS1-3
Bee-Bots are programmable robots that follow a few basic rules, called algorithms. Discover how algorithms can be used in conjunction with mathematics skills to develop a solution to a given problem.
NJSLS:S: Engineering Design: 3-5-ETS1-1
Using sets of permanent magnets of varying shapes and unknown intensities, explore the formation of magnetic fields between them. Model magnetic fields by varying the distances and orientations of the permanent magnets.
NJSLS:S: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions 3-PS2-3
Examine the physical and behavioral adaptations of live animals in an up-close encounter to evaluate how their anatomical structures help ensure their survival.
NJSLS:S: Biological Evolution: 3-LS4-3
From Molecules to Organisms: 4-LS1-1
Conductors and Insulators
Explore the origin of electricity and investigate the conductive capability of various materials.
NJSLS:S: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions: 3-PS2-3
Matter and Its Interactions: 5-PS1-3
Half-Day Laboratory Workshops (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:S: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3
Using a Geographic Information System, embark on a global meteorological journey! Climatological data collection is a breeze for student meteorologists using global data display units. Collect weather data and create graphical representations of climates around the world.
NJSLS:S: Earth Systems: 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2
Follow light on its journey through the eye. In this very hands-on workshop, perform cow eye dissections and 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:S: Energy: 4-PS4-2
NJSLS:S: Energy: 4-PS3-4; Engineering Design: 3-5-ETS1-2
Explore the energy pyramid and learn about the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers. Interact with live plants and animals to see how their external structures help them grow and survive. Then explore the role fungi play in breaking down organisms and returning them to the soil.
NJSLS:S: From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes: 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: 5-LS2-1
Food, Glorious Food
What does a food web represent? Discover the connection between producers and consumers of an ecosystem and how matter cycles through them. Assemble a 3D food web using local aquatic animals.
NJSLS:S: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: 5-LS2-1
Explore the basis of chemical changes by engaging in hands-on experiments to identify unknown substances by their properties. Investigate such concepts as hardness, chemical change, solubility, and others.
NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions: 5-PS1-3
Oh No, Oil Spill!
Identify how oil spills can adversely affect our environment and ways that human beings can build solutions to this problem.
NJSLS:S: Engineering Design 3-5-ETS1-2
Earth and Human Activity: 5-ESS3-1
Full-Day Laboratory Workshops (2-4 hours)
Explore how our one planet is actually composed of several major spheres. In this program we will be learning about the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. See how these spheres impact each other to shape our world.
NJSLS:S: Earth’s Systems: 5-ESS2-1
Discover how tiny particles of minerals and rocks, called sediments, form. Investigate how rocks and minerals break down through chemical and physical changes, and are redistributed around the planet.
NJSLS:S: Earth’s Systems: 4-ESS2-1