Laboratory Workshops (Grades 9-12)

Choose a half-day or full-day lab workshop, aligned with NJSLS-S for high school students and designed to reinforce high-level skills and concepts.

For more information and to plan your visit, email us at sales@lsc.org, call us at 201.253.1310, or fill out the Field Trip Form.


Half-Day Laboratory Workshops (90 minutes)

The Science of Sight

How do we see? Understand how your eyes and brain interact to collect and interpret images as you dissect a cow eye, and learn what goes wrong along this pathway as you trick your brain with optical illusions.

NJSLS:S: From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes: HS-LS1-2

No Place Like Home

Learn about homeostasis and feedback mechanisms as you use Vernier sensors to observe and analyze your own heart rate, lung capacity, blood pressure, and more. Note: The results of these experiments can be taken back to school for analysis. Bring a USB drive for transport.

NJSLS:S: From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes: HS-LS1-3

Level Up

Gather evidence through analysis of model hominid and primate skulls, as well as simulated DNA. These investigations promote understanding that common ancestry is supported by multiple lines of evidence.

NJSLS:S: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: HS-LS4-1

Unlocking Your DNA

Discover the world of genetics as you explore the human genome. Use hands-on lab techniques and lab equipment, such as micro-pipettes, centrifuges, and gel electrophoresis chambers as you solve a genetic mystery. Note: The results of these experiments can be taken back to school for analysis. Bring a USB drive for transport.

NJSLS:S: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits: HS-LS3-1
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: HS-LS4-3

Chemical Investigations

Why is the periodic table that strange shape? Melt, dissolve, and electrify chemicals as you learn how to predict an element’s properties by noting its place on the periodic table.

NJSLS:S: Matter and Its Interactions: HS-PS1-1


Full-Day Laboratory Workshops (2-4 hours)

Technology on Demand

Are you missing equipment essential to teaching a unit or program? Contact us for more information about our library of available equipment. Items include, but are not limited to: PCR machines, gel electrophoresis chambers, titration burets, Pasco probes, Vernier sensors, 3D printers, and more!

A Catalytic Breakdown

What do proteins do? Uncover the world of proteins as you experiment with the role of an enzyme. Design your own investigation to discover the optimal conditions of a peroxidase and monitor your experiment using a spectrometer.

NJSLS:S: From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes: HS-LS1-1, Matter and Its Interactions: HS-PS1-5

Applied Forensics

Apply classroom techniques to real-life forensics scenarios. Explore how to properly collect evidence and analyze data in applications that can include anthropology, environmental science, biology, and chemistry.

NJSLS:S: Structure and Function: HS-LS1-1, HS-LS1-2
Inheritance and Variation of Traits: HS-LS3-1
Matter and Its Interactions: HS-PS1-2
Engineering Design: HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2

Program, Aim, Fire!

Construct medieval trebuchets to identify possible operational constraints. Then, through the use of the engineering design process and modern marvels such as programmable microcontrollers, improve the trebuchets’ accuracy and distance.

NJSLS:S: Engineering Design MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, HS-ETS1-2
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Thermal Motions

Investigate an exchange of thermal energies within a closed system. Analyze collected data to determine the amount of energy released within the closed system.

NJSLS:S: Energy: HS-PS3-4

Right Back at You

Through the construction of a reflectometer, explore the infrared radiation part of the electromagnetic spectrum by measuring the amount of energy an object radiates. Then use this information to model and interpret an infrared spectrum map.

NJSLS:S: Earth’s Systems: HS-ESS2-2