Laboratory Workshops (Grades 6-8)

Choose from 45-minute, half-day, or full-day workshops aligned with NJSLS-S. Reinforce concepts introduced in the classroom and spark lifelong interest in STEM fields.

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Laboratory Workshops (45 minutes)

The Plankton Puzzle

There’s a problem in the ecosystem! Explore water samples to identify plankton, discover the resources necessary for them to grow and thrive, and solve the mysterious puzzle of sudden plankton growth while you identify how disruptions to an ecosystem can lead to shifts in population.

NJSLS:S: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: MS-LS2-1,

Walking into the Present

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:S: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: MS-LS4-2

Conserving the Masses

Does the mass of elements really stay the same throughout chemical reactions? Explore chemical reactions and construct support for conservation of mass based on your observations.

NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions: MS-PS1-5

Green Energy

How can we power the future? Explore new ways of generating electricity using different renewable methods, and learn where we can best apply them. Solar, wind, and more renewable sources come to the rescue!

NJSLS:S: Energy: MS-PS-3-2, MS-PS-3-5; Engineering Design: MS-ETS1-2

Magnetic Motions

Electromagnetism is one of the essential forces in our universe. Explore an electromagnetic motor to observe how various factors affect the magnitude of electrical and magnetic forces.

NJSLS:S: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions: MS-PS2-3

Living or Not?

Using state-of-the-art microscopes, discover the characteristics of living things, investigate different types of single-celled and multicellular organisms, and make arguments—supported by evidence—to determine whether something is living or nonliving.

NJSLS:S: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: MS-LS1-1

It’s All about Reactions

Conduct an inquiry-based set of experiments using chemical reactions to analyze and interpret data on the properties of unknown substances.

NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions: MS-PS1-2

Scaling the Solar System

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:S: Earth’s Place in the Universe: MS-ESS1-3

Half-Day Laboratory Workshops (90 minutes)

There’s Trouble on the Waterfront

A small town just opened Kanye Western Automotive factory by an old water reservoir. Test a water sample to determine if the water is safe for use, and budget limited resources to decide which treatments must be purchased to purify the water.

NJSLS:S: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: MS-LS2-5

Under Pressure

Atmospheric pressure governs almost all weather! Discover how different converging and diverging air masses bring along different forms of precipitation, temperatures and more. Analyze various atmospheric data sets, understand how to map isobars and comprehend how weather is always under pressure.

NJSLS:S: Earth’s Systems: MS-ESS2-5

It’s an Acidic World

Is it an acid or a base? Analyze, experiment, and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after they interact to determine whether an acidic or basic reaction has occurred.

NJSLS:S: Structure and Properties of Matter: MS-PS1-1
Chemical Reactions: MS-PS1-2

Understanding Gravity

Gravity is one of the fundamental forces in the universe. Explore the combination of interactions that generate gravitational forces. Using an online simulation, explore and experiment with variables that govern the behavior of a body’s gravitational field.

NJSLS:S: Earth’s Place in the Universe: MS-ESS1-2

Crack the Case

Discover how to collect evidence through real forensic techniques, such as blood typing, ballistics, fiber analysis, and more. Apply knowledge of these techniques to investigate a crime scene and solve the case.

NJSLS:S: Engineering Design: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3
Structure and Properties of Matter: MS-PS1-3
Structure, Function, and Information Processing: MS-LS1-2
Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms: MS- LS3-1

Full-Day Laboratory Workshops (2-4 hours)

Earth Below Us

Discover and analyze the ground below our feet.Classify and justify the classification of minerals and rocks found on Earth. Learn to distinguish the natural processes of mechanical and physical forces that shape our planet.

NJSLS:S: Earth’s System: MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, and MS-ESS2-3

Elemental Attraction

Experiment with non-contact forces and their resulting fields. Learn how elementary particles govern the behavior of matter and electrons in particular determine the behavior of electricity and magnetism.

NJSLS:S: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions: MS-PS2-5

Fiery Hazards

Classify and model the different types of volcanoes. Through study of a series of eruptions, discover how the lava flow changes Earth’s surface.

NJSLS:S: Earth’s Systems: MS-ESS2-2

The World of Chemistry

Explore the basis of chemical change. Analyze and interpret data using Vernier sensor and explore such concepts as reactions, acids and bases, electrolysis, mixtures and compounds, and many more.

NJSLS:S: Structure and Properties of Matter: MS-PS1-1
Chemical Reactions: MS-PS1-2

Forensic Science

Master forensics skills including how to properly collect evidence, take latent prints, conduct blood analysis, identify poisons and toxins, and more. To conclude, investigate a mock crime scene and solve the case!


Urban Ecology

What is the role of an ecologist? Learn about urban ecology through interaction with local wildlife, investigation of human impacts on ecosystems, and working to solve an ecological mystery.

NJSLS:S: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: MS-LS2-2